#ENDSARS

20 .10. 20

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TIMELINE OF EVENTS

The untimely death of a young man in Ughelli, Delta State leads to nationwide protests in Nigeria. The outrage was sparked by a viral video showing the gruesome attack by the rogue unit. 

 

Nigerians take to social media as the hashtag #EndSARS tops the global trends on Twitter, garnering support from the local and national media.

Demonstrations begin across major cities in Nigeria including Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and more. With a unified voice and message, they march against the increased level of police brutality, extortion and extrajudicial killings at the heart of the Nigerian justice system.

 

In Abuja, dozens of protesters are teargassed and harassed in the streets by members of the Nigerian police force.

Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police announces the dissolution of SARS after days of widespread demonstrations.

 

Despite this, demonstrators pledge to keep up the protests seeking justice for victims of police brutality and a complete overhaul of the repressive government.

Young Nigerians and protesters state their 5For5 demands to the Federal government requesting for the release of all detained demonstrators, justice and compensation for all affected victims and their families and an independent body to oversee the due process of the law.

The Nigerian Police Force unveiled a new police squad, the Special Weapons and Tactics Team, or SWAT

The Nigerian Army cryptically warns against “all subversive elements and troublemakers,” showing its willingness to maintain law and order alongside the police force as the protests intensify and protesters crack down on their #5For5 Demands

 

Demands are still unmet by the federal government and the Nigerian police force.

The #EndSARS movement gained more traction online when Twitter created a special emoji to commemorate the lives lost brutally over the years and the tenacity of the country’s young people.

 

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, broke his silence on the #EndSARS protests to announce that all states will set up judicial panels of inquiry that will adopt public hearings.

The Nigerian Army announced that it will commence a nationwide Exercise Crocodile Smile VI from the 20th of October to the 31st of December. It will be a cyber warfare exercise designed to identify, track, and counter negative propaganda on social media.

 

The Lagos State Government inaugurated an 8-man Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution to investigate cases of police brutality in the state.

 

The Edo State Government announced the imposition of a 24-hour curfew across the state due to accounts of vandalism.

At 11:49am, the Lagos State Government announced the imposition of a 24-hour curfew in all parts of the state, with effect from 4 pm Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

 

By the afternoon, the workers at LCC toll began disconnecting cameras at the toll gate before 4pm.

 

Despite the fact that a directive was passed to extend the curfew to 9pm, at 6:45pm, protesters who gathered peacefully at the Lekki toll gate and other environs in Lagos State, were shot and directly fired with live rounds by members of the police force and the Nigerian Army.

 

A play-by-play of the gruesome attacks were witnessed online by many Nigerians and the world at large through the efforts of a group of private individuals including DJ Switch who recorded the heinous attacks.

 

According to Amnesty International, at least 12 people were killed, with the group adding that the death toll was likely to be higher.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari assures justice for victims of brutality, and reassures Nigerians that police reforms were on the way.

 

The United Nations condemns the use of “excessive and disproportionate” force by Nigerian security forces against peaceful protesters.

 

Lagos State Government suspended all government activities and declared a lockdown for 72 hours in view of growing violence in the state.

President Muhammudu Buhari addresses the nation, however his speech sparks outrage across social media as citizens complain about his lack of acknowledgment of the horrors of the Lekki massacre

 

The Feminist Coalition, a non-for-profit organisation arising from the End SARS protests,  informed that they would no longer be accepting further donations or support, while also revealing plans for the remaining donated funds.

Protests wean in Nigeria, however, across the diaspora, peaceful demonstrations intensify in cities such as London, Belgium, DMV and more.

The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, fined Nigerian media houses including AIT, Channels TV and Arise News, claiming they used unverifiable video footages from social media to cover the #EndSARS protests.

The Nigerian Army dispel the allegations about the heinous attacks at the Lekki toll gate and proceed on a fake news spree on their social platforms

 

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is interviewed by CNN’s Becky Anderson following the events of the Lekki massacre. Sanwo-Olu ensures detractors will be brough to book while insisting there were only a few official deaths