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Nigeria: ‘The government failed #EndSARS’, says lawyer and activist Moe Odele

By 'Tofe Ayeni
Posted on Thursday, 4 March 2021 19:03

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Erik Pendzich/Shutterstock People march in Times Square as part of an #EndSars protest to condemn police brutality and the killing of peaceful protesters in Nigeria

The date 20 October 2020 is unlikely to be forgotten anytime soon by Nigerians across the world.

It was the culmination of a round of peaceful protests against police brutality, mostly attended by young people.

On 20 October, the police and military shot and killed unarmed protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate and Alausa in Lagos. Four months, endless judiciary panels, empty promises and heavy threats later, neither the state nor the federal government has admitted any wrongdoing, or even acknowledged that state security forces killed innocent citizens.

During the October #EndSARS protests, young people gathered, in person and online, to put their skills, knowledge and expertise to work together to keep each other safe.