Nigerian police arrest protesters from Lekki shooting site. This was according to a live report from a cnn Team. At least 12 people have been detained by Nigerian security forces following protests over the reopening of the Lekki toll gate on Saturday in Lagos.
The toll plaza was the site of the October 20 fatal shooting by Nigerian soldiers of unarmed protesters.
The facility has been closed since the night of the shooting, but a judicial commission, set up by authorities to investigate police brutality allegations and the violent repression by the army of #EndSARS demonstrators, recently voted to reopen the facility.
Nigerian police arrest protesters
#EndSARS supporters have disapproved of the decision of the jury. The reopening of the tollgate is perceived by many as ill timed and inconsiderate for the victims of the Lekki shootings.
Amid a strong police presence, a CNN crew at the scene observed a group being led to a police vehicle.
We have the right to inform our fellow citizens who do not do what is right that it is wrong to do what they do. We must not lose our courage to speak in the face of oppression and brutality,” Damilare Adenola said from a police truck’s barred glass.
Adenola said he came to the protests on Saturday to show support for the organizers and watch the protests, but was arrested when he refused to acknowledge himself.
He told them that even if I’m imprisoned, I’m not going to lose my right to protest—I’m still going to speak because it’s my fundamental human right,” he added. “This was where our oppressors stumbled upon our fellow countrymen—fellow young people.
We thought that this place should be made a museum—a resistance museum and not a money-making enterprise,” he continued.” Here, people have been killed, so many people are in hospitals—their lives are spoiled.
Two other people arrested appeared at another police truck window and told CNN they didn’t know why they were taken into custody.
Earlier this week, the Nigerian government urged members of the #EndSARS campaign to shelve plans for the site’s revived protests.
In 1992, the SARS unit was formed to combat armed robbery and was granted wide-ranging powers. Many of the officers did not wear badges or name tags and there were numerous reports that the public had been turned on and the very crimes they were set up to fight were committed.
In October, the Inspector General of Police of Nigeria declared that SARS would be disbanded and its officers would be redeployed, but protests persisted.
Also earlier today, a popular Nigerian comedy actor by name Mr Macaroni was also arrested by the police officers today in the Lekki shooting site as he is been detained. This are worst scenes and poor governance in Nigeria as citizens are denied right to vote and arrested for trying to protest for their human right.