A Human Rights Activist and Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, has said there will be no going back on #EndSARS memorial protests on October 20.
This is despite a warning by the Lagos State Police Command against protests that might disrupt the peace currently being enjoyed in the State.
In a statement issued by the Command’s Spokesperson, Adekunle Ajisebutu, the police said they will use all legitimate means within their constitutional powers against such.
Recall that the #EndSARS protests which was held in October 2020 were against the activities of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a unit of the Nigeria Police Force which was accused of police brutality.
The epicentre of the protests was the Lekki tollgate in Lagos where many youths gathered day and night to air their grievances against police brutality and bad governance.
They were dispersed from the location by gun-wielding soldiers on October 20, 2020, an action which some quarters believe led to the loss of lives.
This was followed by the destruction of private and public properties by hoodlums in Lagos, an incident that informed the latest warning issued by the Police in the State.
However, Sowore, in a post on his verified Twitter handle on Monday, disregarded the warning issued by the Police.
According to him: “@PoliceNG in Lagos & across Nigeria, there will be #EndSARS memorial protests and direct actions on October 20, 2021.
“Nobody can suppress the will of Nigerians to repudiate the mass atrocities of the @mbuhari regime on that day and beyond.”