LAGOS, Nigeria — Deadly protests against police brutality continued Friday to the day, with demonstrators fending off attacks from gangs supposed to be endorsed by the authorities, warnings against the Nigerian army, and a government order to prevent due to COVID-19.
In Lagos, Nigeria’s biggest city, protesters blocked the path to the global airport and the major highway to the city. The Lagos-Ibadan highway, among Nigeria’s busiest, is that the most important road linking the port town into the rest of Nigeria.
Protesters from the capital, Abuja, devoted the afternoon to Nigerians they bill have been murdered by law enforcement Special Anti Robbery Squad, called SARS. The device has murdered and tortured several Nigerians, according to human rights groups.
The #EndSARS effort has drawn international support, such as from fans of the Black Lives Issue from the U.S. and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey that has retweeted articles from literary demonstrators.
The protests erupted a week following a movie circulated on the web revealing a man being beaten, seemingly by authorities in the SARS unit. In response to this widespread demonstration by young Nigerians, the authorities said it might disband the SARS unit, but the protesters are ongoing, stating they want an end to all police brutality.
The protesters say they’re determined to keep and bill the attackers are endorsed by law enforcement, based on reports from the local media.
Nigeria’s army issued a warning against”subversive elements and troublemakers,” saying the military would”preserve order and law, and cope with almost any situation .”
The government in the funds have called for an end to all protests in town, stating the parties risk dispersing COVID-19 however a protester at Abuja said they’re ignoring the purchase.
“If they’re sincere, they’d have banned the crowded rallies politicians happen to be holding,” protester John Uche told The Associated Press.