The #EndSARS protests ended on a violent note in Abuja on Saturday, October 10, as officials of the Nigerian Police Force fired teargas and gunshots at peaceful protesters demanding the disbandment of the controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
1st News had reported that #EndSARS protesters had held demonstrations across several cities; in as well as outside of Nigeria.
Amongst the demands is the immediate disbandment of the unit.
An offer by the police to reform the unit has been rejected.
Protesters outside the police headquarters in Abuja had vowed not to back down; and also planned to sleep overnight there.
“We are not going anywhere! This is a peaceful protest,” said Obianuju Iloanya, one of the leaders of the protests.
Soon after, the police teargassed the protesters and fired gunshots sporadically.
People ran for safety and officers tackled protesters who refused to leave the scene including the activist, Aisha Yusufu.
The #ENDSARS protesters who thronged the Force Headquarters on Saturday refused to listen to a senior police officer; insisting on speaking to the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
The protesters, who besieged the Force Headquarters in large numbers under the watchful eyes of heavily armed policemen, chanted songs of solidarity including the song, “Oga Police” by then music duo, P-Square.
Just as they did on Thursday when they refused to refused to listen to the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba; they rebuffed a senior officer who was detailed to talk to them.
Residents of Abuja had poured into the streets on Saturday to demand the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The protest kicked off the march at Berger Junction; moved through major roads to the Unity Fountain then to the Force Headquarters, Abuja to register their grievance.