A number of youths have been allegedly rounded up in the middle of the night by unidentified Police operatives in what is suspected to be a reaction to the ongoing #EndSARS protests.
1st News can report that the development was reported around Surulere, Yaba and Shomolu axis.
The midnight raids which took place in the early hours of Friday, October 16, 2020, have allegedly been attributed to operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a police unit notorious for extortion, torture and extrajudicial killings and which was disbanded by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu on Sunday.
Below is a video shared on the micro-blogging site, Twitter from one of the midnight raids.
Equally important, 1st News can report that alarms were raised on the coordinated arrests by Twitter users; many of whom took to their personal handles to draw attention to the development.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday, October 15, publicised the names of the suspected police officers who fired live ammunition at peaceful protesters in Area C Police Command in Surulere, Lagos.
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Sanwo-Olu noted that four officers have been arrested in connection with the incident; he identified the policemen as two inspectors and two sergeants.
Apart from the police brutality and harassment that occurred during the protest, a person was killed by a stray bullet.
The deceased was subsequently identified as 55-year-old Ikechukwu Iloamauzor.
Sanwo-Olu said his government frowned at police misconduct seriously; adding that it would continue to respect the rights of the citizens to demonstrate peacefully.
He condemned the violence that marred the #EndSARS protest in Surulere on Monday.
A statement from the state government quoted Sanwo-Olu as disclosing that “all the four erring police officers who fired live ammunition at peaceful protesters in Area C Police Command in Surulere had been identified and currently facing an orderly room trial that is being monitored by the Government”.