#EndSARS Protesters Hold Candlelight Procession in Abuja, Lagos
#EndSARS protesters are holding a candlelight procession at the Unity Fountain Abuja and Lagos in honour of victims of extra-judicial killings.
The protesters on Friday started the session with Christians and Muslims praying for the souls of those that have been killed by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
After the prayers, the protesters started singing the National Anthem in respect of the country.
There was gridlock on Third Mainland Bridge on Friday after youths protesting against police brutality partially shut the Iyana-Oworo-Oworonshoki section of the bridge.
It was gathered that the #EndSARS protesters had arrived at the bridge a few minutes to 06pm.
Apart from the gridlock, many passengers were stranded.
Also, the protesters also blocked the Berger section of the Long Bridge linking Lagos Ibadan-Ibadan Expressway.
A commuter told our correspondent that the protesters’ action led road users to drive against traffic.
“We had to pass one way because of the protesters. There was a serious gridlock. I spent almost two hours on the same spot,” the commuter said.
Also, the protesters held a candlelight procession for victims of police brutality in the country.
The candlelight procession held at Lekki toll gate and Alausa.
It was learnt that the procession held in Abuja and other parts of Nigeria.
Earlier, the global rights group, Amnesty International, said 10 protesters have been killed by the Nigeria Police Force since the #EndSARS demonstrations began last Thursday.
Days later, the IGP, set up a new unit called the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, to replace the disbanded SARS.
Shortly after the new development, a new movement – #EndSWAT dominated the trends as many Nigerians believe that a mere change of name is not the solution to the problem.
The protesters have, therefore, defied all efforts to stop them and are bent on continuing until all their demands are met.
Some of the demands include releasing all arrested protesters, justice and compensation for families of victims, the creation of an independent body to oversee the prosecution of officers (within 10 days), psychological evaluation of disbanded officers before redeployment, and the increase of police officers’ salaries.
While the police appear to be making some effort, many Nigerians feel it is not satisfactory.
Beyond setting up a new unit, prospective members of the new team are expected to undergo a psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility for the new assignment.