#EndSARS protesters on Monday defied the threat by the Federal Government to deploy security agents in quelling their protests against police brutality across the country.
Protesters, mostly youths as early as 7 am trooped out in major cities in Lagos, Ogun, Kano, Edo, Abia, Ondo, Ekiti, Oyo,Abia, Imo, abuja and Ebonyi states blocking roads and calling for police reforms.
But in Abuja, Government security operatives and thugs attacked #EndSARS, peaceful protesters, at various locations disrupting the peaceful movement.
In some locations in Abuja, security agents watched as thugs attacked protesters without doing anything.
Recall that since October 8, youths, who are calling for disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police, have been embarking on peaceful protests.
On Sunday, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, disbanded SARS and a few days later announced the setting up of the Special Weapon and Tactics Team.
But the protesters insisted that the government had not met their demands, including the prosecution of SARS operatives involved in extrajudicial killings and another phase of Governance which they said need reforming.
The Federal Government on Sunday warned the protesters that it would not tolerate descent into anarchy.
The protest coordinator, in an interview said the protests were peaceful and accused government of using police and thugs to disrupt the demonstrations.
On Monday, vehicular and human movements were at a standstill in many parts of Lagos state stretching into Ibadan express road including Ijanikin, Iyana Isashi and Agbara axis of the Lagos – Badagry Expressway as angry youths protested against police brutality.
It was reported that the protesters blocked the expressway with two articulated vehicles at Agbara, preventing vehicles from coming or going out of the area.
Ovi Kuponu, one of the coordinators of the protest, Ovi Kuponu, told journalists the youth in Badagry and Agbara came out to protest the deplorable state of the expressway, hash lifestyle of Agbara people and bad governance.
In the state capital of Lagos, Ikeja, Vehicular movements were totally paralysed in Ikeja.
Thousands of youths occupied the stretch of Awolowo Road from Allen Junction to the Lagos State Secretariat to Oregun, kudirat Abiola way into Alausa.
Travellers stranded as protesters block Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Abeokuta roads, others
Almost all the major roads in Ogun State were blocked on Monday by the protesters.
But besides SARS, the protesters said they were protesting against bad governance demanding for the total reformation of the country.
Some of the areas affected included Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in Arepo and Mowe areas, Sagamu Interchange, Presidential Boulevard, Oke-Mosan, Panseke, Camp-Osiele, Owode-Yewa, Ilaro, Ado-Odo, Sango and Papalanto.
The protesters, under the aegis of concerned Mowe youths, assembled at Mowe Junction as early as 8 am and blocked Sagamu Interchange.
Also, thousands of youths in Owode-Yewa in the Yewa South Local Government Area of the state blocked some roads in protest against bad governance.
Also, Benin, the Edo State capital was shut down, the shut down by protesters under the aegis of the #EndSARS agitation.
All the major roads in the city were blocked as early as 7 am with bonfire dotting strategic points in the city.
On Ekenwan Road for instance, from Agho Junction to the popular Ekenwan Military Barracks, youths converged on Evbotubu Junction, Utagban Junction; First and Second Power Line Junctions; Debvekewen Junction and Leaders College Junction.
The entire city centre was on a complete lockdown as protest points were set up in the various roads such as Airport Road, Akenzua-Plymouth Road, Ring Road and Siluoko Road.
In all the points, the messages by the protesters in Edo remained the same: ‘No to SARS’ and ‘Buhari must go.’
The protests also grounded Umuahia metropolis in Abia State.
The protesters, started their demonstration from Abia Tower of Peace, along the Federal Expressway headed for the city centre, where major roads were blocked.
Moving through Okpara Square, the protesters went to the Government House to see the state Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, who did not address them and was not on sight.
Angered by this, the youth blocked the Government House – Federal Medical Centre – Aba road – Ikot Ekpene road junction and cooked their meals there.
Shouting slogans against Buhari and the police, the protesters were carrying placards with inscriptions such as ‘End SARSSARS, ‘SARS must end, reform Nigeria.’
The protesters in Ekiti State blocked all major roads in virtually all communities in the state making intra and inter-city movements impossible.
It was impossible for many workers and students to get to their offices and schools, Also protesters stormed the state secretariat, Ado Ekiti and schools where they chased workers and students away.
Also, youths in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Monday took the protest to the Ilesa-Akure-Owo Expressway where they were singing different solidarity songs and barricading the road.
The protesters used trucks to block the road preventing vehicular movements. For several hours, there were no movements of vehicles while travellers were stranded on the road.
Youths in Kano also protested against police brutality on major streets in Sabon Gari area of the metropolis.
The protesters, some of whom were clinging on tricycles, and private vehicle rooftops were displaying placards with different inscriptions such, ‘End SARS, SWAT, end KAROTA, end police brutality, end Kano corruption’, was the major inscription in Kano state among others.’
In Ebonyi state #EndSARS protesters also blocked the Ebonyi State Government House, Abakaliki, for six hours and demanded the probe of police brutality and extrajudicial killings in the state.
Presenting their demands through their spokesperson, Steven Ugama, they called on the state Governor, David Umahi, to set up a judicial panel of inquiry to look into the illegal activities of the SARS and extrajudicial killings in the state.
Responding, Umahi, who described their action as constitutional, assured them that nobody would molest them.
In Osun State, #EndSARS protesters returned to streets in Osogbo, the state capital, occupying Olaiya Junction and forcing traders in the area to close their shops, is so surprised that after five protesters were shot dead by security agents in the state on Saturday that the large number of protesters that came out in the street of Osogbo could come out, that shows one thing, that these protesters are not joking.
In Oyo state, Offices were shut down and business activities paralysed in most parts of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital as the #EndSARS protesters blocked major roads to press home their demands.
The protesters, mainly youths, chanting anti-poor government songs and bearing placards with different inscriptions, blocked the Challenge, Agodi Secretariat, Apata, Total Garden, Eleyele, Bodija, Eleyele, Ologuneru, Idi Ape and other roads in the city. They also blocked Lagos-Ibadan Expressway end of the city.
In Abuja, security operatives and clubs-wielding thugs on Monday descended on #EndSARS protesters.
While the police and soldiers dispersed the campaigners with tear gas and horsewhips, hoodlums assaulted them and set ablaze eight vehicles at Kabusa Junction some belonging to protesters, Apo, and at the Central Business District.
Trouble started when the thugs, who objected to the blockage of the Apo road by the #EndSARS protesters, attacked the activists with sharp objects and also vented their anger on the cars parked at the roadside car mart.
A number of people were injured as the hoodlums reportedly unleashed their anger on passers-by. There were reports that two persons died but this could not be immediately confirmed
Protesters nationwide decry the disturbing incidents of vandalism and attacks on private individuals and institutions by sponsored hoodlums/thugs in the guise of #ENDSARS protesters saying these are all the work of the ruling party and Government to discredit their movement a way of stopping them from achieving the targeted new Nigeria,.