Youths rally in Abuja, Lagos on #EndSARS anniversary

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In  defiance of heavy police presence, youths in Lagos and Abuja today observed a rally to mark the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests.

The rally was largely peaceful but a few people were arrested in Lagos even as tear gas cannisters were fired to disperse the crowd around Lekki area.

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The rally at Abuja commenced from the Unity where the youths, led by social activist, Omoyele Sowore marched across some of the major streets in the nation’s capital.

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The youths displayed placards with different inscriptions and chanted songs of solidarity.

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Sowore, while addressing journalists during the rally, said the government has not shown any remorse, one year after the protests and has continued to suppress the citizens.

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He said justice has yet to be served on security operatives involved in the shooting at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos on October 20, 2021.

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A lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, who was also at the rally, expressed displeasure that the panel of inquiry set up by the government to investigate cases of human rights violations in Abuja has yet to conclude its findings one year after.

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From the Unity Fountain, the youths marched towards the National Assembly but they were intercepted by a team of security operatives.

They comprise operatives of the Nigerian Police Force, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Department of State Service (DSS), and other security agencies

The security operatives mounted a barricade to prevent the youths from proceeding with their rally.

Despite the action of the security team, the situation was peaceful as the two sides stood face-to-face, with the youths chanting songs of solidarity.

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