Thursday, February 11, 2021

Nigeria govt warns Lagos protesters over #EndSARS rally

Nigeria's government on Thursday warned against weekend protests in Lagos to demand justice for victims of a deadly shooting during demonstrations last year.

AFP

Youth-led protests against police brutality and bad governance brought Africa's largest city to a standstill in October in a campaign that won support from many high-profile celebrities.

Activists have called on social media for new protests on Saturday after a judicial panel authorised the reopening of the city's giant Lekki tollgate, where security forces shot at peaceful protesters in October.

The #EndSARS protests, named after the SARS police force accused of abuses, spread last year even after the unit was disbanded and the government promised reforms.

The demonstrations ended abruptly after the shooting in Lagos and a wave of looting and unrest followed.

Nigeria's Information Minister Lai Mohammed said peaceful protests were a constitutional right but warned of the risk that the weekend rallies could descend into violence in the name of justice.

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