Activists planning to mark the first-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests in Lagos have devised a drive-in protest around the Lekki Toll Gate as their form of protest instead of physical convergence at the area following warnings by the police.
The new protest form was announced by prominent #EndSARS campaigner, Feyikemi Abudu, popularly known as FK Abdu, on Twitter on Tuesday.
Nigeria had in October 2020 witnessed a nationwide protest led by Nigerian youths demonstrating against police brutality committed by the now-disbanded special anti-robbery squad (SARS), a unit of the Nigeria Police Force.
It, however, came to an agonising end on October 20, 2020, after some soldiers of the Nigerian Army shot at a crowd of protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate Plaza in Lagos State.
To mark the anniversary, some activists had suggested a walk to the toll gate at Lekki.
However, the Lagos State Police Command had earlier said that “to forestall breakdown of law and order, the police will use all legitimate means within their constitutional powers to suppress the planned protest”.
But probably following the turnaround made and cue provided by Hakeem Odumosu, the Lagos Commissioner of Police, who acknowledged Nigerians’ right to protest but urged protesters not to block the roads, the #EndSARS activists have decided to opt for a car procession to pay respect to those who were victims of the shooting at the toll gate on October 20.
According to FK Abudu, who posted banners detailing modalities of the protest, it is important for Nigerians honour the persons shot at the toll gate, explaining that the option of the car procession is to “limit harassment” by the security operatives.
“People were shot, injured and killed as they waved flags & sang. To memorialise them, we’re driving through the toll tmrw.
“We know them, so cars are to limit harassment. If you dont have a car, txt the number. There’s space. Will be there at 8. Join if you can,” she tweeted.