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  Despite warnings and threats by the Nigerian police to arrest citizens who will come out for a peaceful one-year memorial for victims of the Lekki Massacre, Nigerians especially the youth in the soro soke (speak up) spirit refused to be silenced and came out in a show of solidarity for a movement the government thinks it has crushed.
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It will be recalled that in October 2020, Nigerians took to the streets of Lagos and other Nigerian cities to protest against the activities of a notorious unit of the Nigerian police force SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad). The protesters also called for an end to police brutality and urged the government to reform the Nigerian police. However, events would turn bloody on the night of October 20, 2020, as peaceful protesters were shot by the army and police at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos State, wounding and killing some protesters in the process.
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Following the events of October 20, protesters returned home, but the memories of the bloody night have remained firm in the minds of Nigerians. Citizens would not have their voices silenced as they trooped to the streets of Lagos (Lekki toll gate) and Abuja in hundreds to remember victims of October 20, 2020. Characteristically, stern-looking policemen would have none of the solidarity songs, waving flags, and car horns tooting as some protesters and journalists at the scene have been beaten and arrested. It remains to be seen the explanation of the Nigerian government for the police clampdown on citizens who have decided to show solidarity for a peaceful course. Featured Image Source: CNN
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This article was first published on 20th October 2021


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