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The Audacity of Police Brutality at a Peaceful #EndPoliceBrutality Protest

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How is it that the Nigerian police has failed to understand the youth and is now failing the #EndSARS movement as well? How ironic, the audacity of police brutality at a peaceful #EndPoliceBrutality protest… how bad does it need to get?

It’s really ridiculous that for over four years now, young people have pleaded with the same officials responsible for their safety to stop harassing, brutalizing and killing them. But it has all fallen on deaf ears.

“The irony that we’re protesting police brutality and they are still brutally assaulting Nigerian citizens UNLAWFULLY. And embarrassment, the old corrupt Governance will END #EndSARS” a Twitter user wrote. 

Now, the youths have found the will, power and strength to come out in their numbers and protest for their lives, lives that they have a right to, and still, these officials are carrying out these same inhumane acts.

We have heard reports of teargas, pepper spray, water canons and live ammunitions being used on protestants by police officers. It’s appalling!

I mean, these are innocent youths who just want to live. They are not even fighting; no weapons, no violence, nothing… just peaceful protesters! So why do they still feel a need to attack?

One Jimoh Ishaq was confirmed dead on Saturday. He was shot by a policeman during one of the #EndSARSNOW protest in Ogbomosho. 

More innocent youths have been killed by police officers who began shooting at peaceful protesters in Surulere, even after the disbandment of SARS. More young people dying simply because they are fighting for their lives, peacefully.

And then there is the brave and relentless Aisha Yesufu who was also assaulted. Bottles were thrown at her with officers ready to shoot, but she didn’t cower. She marched on with her fist held high up.. Fearless!

Some protesters in several places have reportedly been attacked by thugs as the police stood by and watched.


At this point, the protest must yield the expected results. We must see the end of police brutality in Nigeria.

They are outrightly telling us that they feel no remorse for their actions, they are taking more lives and putting more people in danger, What more reason do we need to #EndSARS?

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Lee Ada'Eze is a seamless raconteur who tells stories through different media from ghost, screen, content and copywriting to acting and creative directing. She creates insightful content for diverse readers as a Content Associate on BellaNaija's Editorial team. Lee is also a skilled digital marketer for major brands in various business sectors. When she's not working, she's probably in her head, becoming more self-aware, listening to good music, watching a movie or having a fulfilling time out. Unpredictable and reserved; a beautiful blend of multiple personalities. You can reach Lee directly on: Instagram/Twitter - @leeadaeze & [email protected]

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