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Thugs Disrupt #EndSARS Protest In Jos

Armed hoodlums have interfered with the End SARS protest in Jos, Plateau State, destroying shops and vehicles in the process.

“We protest at a place called Old Airport in Jos town. We have been having blockades there for some days now. 

“But today, a fight broke out in Terminus, a few kilometres. It is actually not close and there was actually no protest in Terminus,” one witness told HumAngle. 

“They basically paid hoodlums to attack people there and start burning shops and killing people.”

Another resident tweeted on Tuesday, “They want to act the same Abuja, Lagos and Benin kind of scripts in Jos. Even the policemen can testify that no protester has ever been to Terminus to protest and nothing will ever take us there. We’re smart and we know what we’re doing oh.”

Videos obtained by HumAngle showed people wielding various sizes of sticks, said to be protesters trying to protect themselves from hoodlums who were hurling stones at them. 

In one, heavy smoke could be seen rising down the street from some of the burning buildings.

Thugs have been widely reported to have stirred violence and confusion across the country, especially in states where people demonstrated against police brutality.

The state governments in Edo and Lagos recently declared 24-hour curfews to commence on October 19 and 20 respectively in reaction to the developments.

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