Activists have begun commemorating activities marking the first-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protest in Lagos State and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The activities are marking the agonising end to the 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, on October 20, 2020.
Some soldiers of the Nigerian Army shot at a crowd of protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate Plaza in Lagos State exactly one year ago, marking the abrupt end of the protest across the country.
To mark the anniversary, some activists had initially 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, however, changed tactics and opted 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.
Numerous persons, including prominent celebrities such as Folarin Falana (Falz), Debo Adedayo (Mr Macaroni) and Feyikemi Abudu (FK Abudu), moved in various vehicles, comprising salon cars, sports utility vehicles and buses – past the toll gate and waved the Nigerian flag as they moved.
According to the activists, the tactic used in Lagos is to avoid confrontation with the police.
Elsewhere in Abuja, activists converged physically at the Unity Fountain where they commemorated the #EndSARS memorial.
Prominent persons seen at the Unity Fountain include Deji Adeyanju and Omoyele Sowore, convener of the #RevolutionNow movement.