Two persons have been arrested during a car procession ongoing at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos State for the #EndSARS memorial protests.
1st News learned that the Lagos Police Command arrested the two men on Wednesday morning, October 20; amid the parade organized to mark the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests.
“I did not do anything,” said one of the young men before his arrest. “They beat me, they collected my phone, they took my money; the police have not learnt their lessons.”
Shortly after they were arrested; both men were taken into a waiting truck of the Lagos State Task Force, after which the vehicle zoomed off.
Meanwhile, the Amnesty International has lamented that no one has been brought to justice for the torture; violence, and killings of peaceful protesters, while reports of human rights violations by the police continue.
“An investigation by the organization found that Nigerian army and police killed at least 12 people on 20 October 2020 at Lekki toll gate and Alausa in Lagos.
”Amnesty International was able to establish that pro-government supporters instigated violence at many of the demonstrations; providing cover for the police to use lethal force against peaceful #EndSARS protesters. The organization also found that detained protesters were tortured and refused or denied immediate access to lawyers.
“A year on, despite the gravity of these human rights violations; not a single member of the security forces has been prosecuted; while judicial panels of inquiry set up to investigate abuses by officers have made little progress.
“President Muhammadu Buhari must fulfill his promise of reforming the police to end the reign of impunity Nigerians have been protesting against for many years.
”Failure to bring to justice those suspected to be responsible for the torture and killings of #EndSARS protesters on 20 October 2020 is yet another indication that Nigerian authorities lack the political will to ensure accountability for these atrocities, and end police brutality,” Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, noted in her statement on Tuesday.