37 Policemen Killed, 108 Vans Vandalized During 2020 #EndSARS Protest – Lagos PPRO
The Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Command, Benjamin Hundeyin on Thursday took to his verified Twitter handle to mourn his colleagues killed during the 2020 EndSARS protest.
Recall that Nigerian youths two years ago staged a nationwide protest against the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Naija News reports that the Nigeria Police Force unit was subsequently disbanded following outrage and a series of complaints by concerned citizens.
Reflecting on the event that led to the disbandment of the police unit, Hundeyin via his microblogging account today, commiserated with family and friends of personnel that lost their lives during the protest against police brutality.
In his message, the Lagos command mouthpiece highlighted the damages done to the force’s properties by aggrieved youths at different locations across the country.
He tweeted: “My heart goes out to the dependents, families and friends of all police officers whose lives were cut short during the 2020 #endsars protests. They paid the supreme price. We forever respect them.
“Nine Police Area Commands destroyed/vandalized. Seventy-six Police Divisions destroyed/vandalized. Forty-eight Police Posts destroyed/vandalized. Sixteen Police Barracks destroyed/vandalized.
“Nine Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) destroyed/vandalized. One hundred and ninety-eight Police patrol vehicles destroyed/vandalized. One hundred and eighty-two personal vehicles of Police officers destroyed/vandalized. One hundred and forty-six Police officers injured.
“Thirty-seven Police officers killed. Lessons were learnt on all sides. We are all Nigerians. And together, we will take this great nation to greater heights.”
EndSARS Protesters Begin Procession As Police Take Over Lekki Toll Gate
Naija News reports that today, October 20, 2022, marks the second anniversary of the Lekki shooting and the disbandment of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the force.
Earlier, Nigerian rapper, Folarin Falana, popularly known as Falz had announced a memorial procession to mark the second anniversary of the #EndSARS through a flyer on his Instagram page yesterday.
The flyer said the procession cars would pass through the toll gate, waving the Nigerian flags while chanting #EndSARS.
The police, however, ahead of the event vowed to uphold a court order that ruled that no person should converge at the Lekki tollgate for whatever reason.
Naija News reports that Falz and comedian cum actor, Debo Adedayo, popularly known as Mr Macaroni, and other celebrities led the procession on Thursday.