Fact Check: How Violent Are The Nigeria′s #EndSARS Protesters?

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Sunday said that EndSARS protests rocking different parts of the country have been hijacked to destabilise Buhari’s government.

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He has warned that the federal government will not allow the country to be thrown into anarchy following the violence that has trailed the protests. So to prevent violence from spreading to other Nigerian cities.

The Nigerian Army announced that it will commence a nationwide Exercise Crocodile Smile VI from the 20th of October to the 31st of December.

The EndSARS protests in Nigeria, which began in the first week of October as a response to the rogue police unit, SARS extrajudicial killings, extortion, torture, framing, blackmail, kidnapping, illegal organ trade, armed robbery, home invasions, have become the conflict between federal officials and political thugs.

At least two persons were reportedly shot and killed in Osogbo, Osun State, on Saturday by security operatives attached to Gboyega Oyetola, BBC reported that Governor Adegboyega Oyetola was addressing the protesters when shots were fired. Osun State Government described the attack as an assassination attempt.

There are currently hundreds of army in Nigeria street, due to nationwide Exercise operation Crocodile Smile VI. Several gunshots were heard last night at Auchi (VIDEOS HERE). Several peaceful protesters have been seriously killed and injured, including a youngster identified as Jimoh was killed by the police and Mr Okechukwu Iloamuazor a driver who was shot at Surulere.

A Human rights activist, convener of #EndSARS, Segun Awosanya, popularly known as Segalink withdrawn from the protest saying the movement has been hijacked.

He twote: “All efforts to talk sense into the arrowheads, who are mostly abroad and the few in their high estates have proven abortive. I believe everyone is matured enough to face the consequences of their actions.”

He added: “I don’t know who is fooling you. #EndSARs as an objective ended the moment the Govt dissolved the Unit. The focus is now on monitoring the implementation of the laws towards #ReformPoliceNG. The agenda of the smugglers failed. ”

The demonstrators have been largely peaceful across the country and have included musicians, actresses, actors, traders, off-duty lawyers and lines of mothers.

Recall when the protest started Nigerian singer Folarin Falana popularly known as Falz said that he is not backing down on the protest against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) that is going to be peaceful.

He said: “No going back, no backing down. We have put up with this menace for too long. Young innocent lives are being cut short too often. So much harassment, so much extortion. It’s time to #ENDSARS for good.”

From what we understand, many protesters had remained peaceful.

According to the Nigerian government, “The protest cannot be said to be peaceful when innocent people are losing their lives and Nigerians are being prevented from going to their places of work where they earn their living.”

Mr. Lai also claimed that they have received petitions from various groups dissociating themselves from the #EndSARS protests. “They have also become victims of the protest and they could not go to work and market while many stores have been looted.”

#EndSARS Protesters

#EndSARS Protesters

There is not a comprehensive tally of injured and killed protesters, but at least more than 20 people were killed and hundreds injured during ongoing nationwide protests and properties damages of up to 500,000 million

. Other injuries and deaths, like those in Surulere, Ogbomosho, Ughelli, Warri, Abeokuta, Akure, Benin, Alausa and other cities, have been captured on video. Groups of activists and social media influencers have recently joined the protests, voicing objections to violence from the paid thugs.

We had seen viral videos of people being killed and injuries caused by thugs who invaded the protest ground with machete, charms and sticks while chasing away demonstrators in Lagos, Abuja, Benin, Ikorodu, Kano, Ogbomosho and Osun. There’s absolutely no reason for shooting teargas at unarmed protesters, but peaceful protesters were shot at and tear-gassed in Abuja, Lagos and Ondo.

4 days ago, #EndSARS protesters Sodiq Oyeleke and Adeyinka Adedipe were killed when hoodlums attacked protesters at Ring Road, Benin, in Edo State. Yesterday, six persons were feared killed and multiple reports said hoodlums attacked the White House prison along Sapele Road setting several inmates free.

Reacting to the unfortunate incident, The Nigerian Police Force via it’s verified Twitter handle said;  ”@policeNG regrettably confirms the unfortunate attacks on police facilities – Ugbekun Police Station, Oba Market Police Station and Idogbo Police Post by persons posing as #ENDSARS protesters in Benin, Edo State, today, Monday, 19th October 2020.

“The extent of damage cannot be ascertained at the moment but the report indicates that the protesters carted away arms and ammunition from the armoury and freed the suspects in custody before setting some of the facilities ablaze.”

Soyombo who is very famous for his 2019 undercover investigative report on the Nigerian prison system held that no jailbreak could succeed without the involvement of the prison authorities.

A video posted online showed a prisoner who said the prison warders opened the prison for them.

Police HQ zone 5 Benin city is a 2-minute drive away from White House prison at Sapele Road in Benin City, Edo State.

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