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ENDSARS Protest

Unanswered Questions About The EndSars Protest 1 Year After

Unanswered Questions About The EndSars Protest 1 Year After

20th of October 2020 is a day that will remain in the hearts of Nigerians for years to come.

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This is the day that several unarmed citizens of the country were allegedly shut down only because they dared to demand good government.

The EndSARS protest is even more significant because it was the first time that the Nigerian youth had come together to fight for the soul of the country.

A year after the original EndSARS protests, Nigerians are set to come out again in remembrance of the fallen heroes who lost their lives at the Lekki massacre, and yet a lot remains unchanged despite the government’s promises.

While there are so many things to remember the protest by, we will remember it for so many unanswered questions that the government has failed to address till today.

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EndSARS Protesters sleeping outside Lagos state secretariat

The first being:

Who ordered the Lekki massacre?

A year ago, several Nigerians were killed after the army opened fire on them during the EndSARS protest at Lekki tollgate in Lagos.

The government initially denied this incident even though several sources confirmed that there were shootings and deaths at that location.

A month later CNN launched an investigation into the incident and released a documentary that confirmed the use of live rounds.

Nigerian Army eventually admitted to the Lagos judicial panel that some soldiers were deployed to the scene who used live rounds

According to Amnesty International, 12 Nigerians were killed during the protest but those who were present claimed that the figure was far beyond that.

The Chief Pathologist of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), John Obafunwa, told a Judicial Panel of Inquiry that about 99 bodies were deposited in the morgue between October 19 and 24, 2020.

Governor of the state Babajide Sanwo Olu has never admitted to giving the army the shooting order. So this question remains on our minds- “who ordered the Lekki shooting?”

Where is CSP James Nwafor?

CPS James Nwafor is a retired police officer who headed the SARS unit in Awkuzu Anambra.

During his more than five years in charge, the police were called out by many residents for rights violations and extra-judicial killings.

Many Nigerians seized the EndSARS protest as an avenue to demand justice for the victims of James Nwafor but to no avail.

Till today, Mr. Nwafor has not been tried or jailed by the government even though overwhelming evidence and witnesses attest to his evil deeds.

Read also: Lagos Police  Bans Protest

Where are the hoodlums who destroyed property and disrupted the EndSARS protests?

During the EndSARS protest last year, multiple reports indicated that violent thugs had been deployed to scenes to disrupt the protests.

According to The Punch, hoodlums bearing cutlasses and sticks attacked protesters and destroyed property mostly in Lagos and Abuja.

The video below shows the thugs being delivered to protest locations on buses.

 

The interesting part of this violence was that the police failed to control it despite having personnel on the scene.

Till today, none of the thugs have been made to face the law despite strong images showing the identity of many, including this guy.

It’s October 2021, one year after the EndSARS protests events, and the youths have seized the opportunity to remember victims, yet a lot remains unchanged.

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