#EndSARS: Nigeria on fire, 20 police stations, several buildings burnt, more states imposed curfew
London, Oct. 22, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Protests by some Nigerian youths demanding the disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police, which began on October 8, have assumed a violent dimension and set many part of the country of fire
The violence escalated on Wednesday despite curfew imposed by many state governors as no fewer than twenty police stations across the country and several many building were set ablaze by angry youths avenging the death of protesters allegedly killed by soldiers on Tuesday
About 43 people including protesters and police have so far lost their lives in the mayhem
Below is a list of buildings burnt down so far by angry youths..
1. Oriental Hotel2. Zenith Bank, Admiralty Way3. Lekki Toll Gate and Lekki Concession Company (LCC)4. GTB on Admiralty Way5. Polaris Bank, Admiralty Way6. Over 30 buses belonging to Lagos State Government BRT Company, and the BRT terminal at Oyingbo7. Gov of Lagos State Sanwo-Olu’s family house8. Ajeromi Ifelodun LG Secretariat9. Cars within the premises of Ministry of the Environment Alausa, Lagos10. Television Continental (TVC), television station owned by Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu (Former Governor of Lagos).11. Over 20 police station burnt12. Nigeria Ports Authority Building Marina Lagos.
A statement by Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Muyiwa Adejobi in Lagos, the centre of the mayhem said the two policemen were killed at Orile Police Stations, while many others were wounded at various police stations, saying that 10 police stations were set ablaze in the state alone
He said the violent and criminally-minded hoodlums descended on police stations/facilities and gruesomely murdered two policemen on Tuesday 20th October, 2020 and Wednesday 21st October, 2020, while others were critically injured, as they looted the affected stations and carted away some valuables
“Similarly, the hoodlums attacked three (3) new generation banks on Tuesday 20th October and Wednesday 21st October, 2020, respectively, and carted away unspecified amount of money while some parts of the banks were set on fire before they were dislodged, and some of them were arrested with the loots from the banks, including arms and ammunition.
“At Ajegunle Area, they burnt the Secretariat of Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government Council and some valuables including cars; and some other private medical and commercial centres were attacked.
“Today, Wednesday 21st October, 2020, the hoodlums again launched series of attack on many facilities within Lagos State such as the Palace of Oba of Lagos, Shoprite Ajah, Nigerian Port Authority head office Marina, the Governor’s mother’s house at Akerele, VIO/Federal Road Safety Corps offices at Ojodu, Lagos State, Magistrate Courts, Igbosere, TVC station, the Nation Newspapers office, and many other shops/malls were looted,” he said.
Adejobi said due to the persistent attacks and mayhem caused by the hoodlums, four people have been injured while others lost their lives.
The story of mayhem is the same in many other states of the country as more governors joined their counterpart in Lagos to impose curfew. On Tuesday 20 October, 2020, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu impose 24 hour curfew on all parts of Lagos
Watching these videos is a major heartbreak for me personally and as Governor, I cannot watch as arsonists, hoodlums and anarchists continue to hide under the #EndSars protest to unleash mayhem on the State and wantonly disrupt citizens lives and property. pic.twitter.com/aTJgzApIWL— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) October 20, 2020
Other states that have imposed one form of curfew or the other include Abia, Rivers, Osun, Edo, Plateau, Ondo, Ekiti, Imo and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja
Over the last two weeks, an outpouring of support for Nigerian protesters has played out on Twitter, with various hashtags, but predominantly #EndSARS.
Sars stands for the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
Accusations of Sars officers robbing, attacking and even killing people go back years but a new wave of protest started at the beginning of October.
Nigerian technology news site Tech Cabal tracks this wave down to 3 October.
A tweet by someone with just 800 followers received more than 10,000 retweets: