A protester and journalist have been arrested by operatives of the Nigeria Police Force at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos State, the venue of the #EndSARS memorial protest, on Wednesday.
The lone male protester, dressed in a white cloth, carried a banner inscribed with words of the #EndSARS protest and walked through the toll gate approaching police officers, according to Arise TV.
The protester was initially left to ventilate his thoughts but was later pounced upon by armed policemen and moved into a black maria owned by the Lagos State Task Force.
Similarly, the journalist was arrested while livestreaming events from the toll gate for an online media platform.
While speaking to the TV station, the journalist alleged that he was beaten and punched in the face by the police operatives, forcing him to end the live broadcast.
He was subsequently thrown into the black maria.
In October 2020, Nigeria had witnessed nationwide protests led by Nigerian youths across the country, 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”.
The protesters have, however, changed tactics and announced that have decided to opt for a car procession, instead of physical convergence, to pay respect to those who were victims of the shooting at the toll gate on October 20 to avoid confrontation with the police.