Police killed in Nigeria’s #EndSARS protests

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A police Corporal , simply identified as Stanley , attached to the Ughelli Police Area Command, Ughelli , Delta State , was on Thursday shot dead by suspected hoodlums, who hijacked the # EndSARS protest , which began peacefully in the town.

The deceased was reportedly shot by one of the protesters at Otuvwodo area of the town .

Sources said that the incident also caused gridlock and the destruction of several vehicles as commuters on the East- West Road area of Otovwodo junction ran helter -skelter following gunshots that followed the melee .

Security operatives had to fire warning shots before taking the corpse of to the policeman to the station.

Hundreds of youths had earlier taken to major streets of Ughelli in a solidarity protest to call for the scrapping of the Special Anti – Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force.

It was gathered that some of the protesters met a team of policemen at Otovwodo junction , where the protest walk was supposed to end , and a clash ensued leading to sporadic gunfire between them and the police .

Speaking on behalf of the protesters , one of their leaders , who gave his name simply as Ochuko, said they organised the march in solidarity with other protesters and victims of SARS brutality across the country .

Efforts by one of our correspondents to confirm the incident from the Police Public Relations Officer in the state , DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, were unsuccessful as of the time of filing this report .

In Lagos , hundreds of residents , including celebrities , Folarin Falana , aka Falz, and Douglas Agu, aka , Runtown , took to the street on Thursday to demand the scrapping of SARS .

The demonstration , which started around 10 . 10 am , saw the protesters converging on the Lekki tollgate area of the Lekki -Epe Expressway , from where they marched to the Zone 2 Command headquarters in Onikan.

Falana , who rejected the Inspector -General of Police , Mohammed Adamu ’s reform of the operations of SARS , demanded that the unit should be scrapped .

He said, “ I am in the protest to express what we are fighting for, which is # EndSARS . We do not want the Special Anti – Robbery Squad anymore ; they have been killing us, killing innocent victims , harassing us, violating us every day ; so, we need them to be completely abolished.

“ We are not asking for reform ; we have heard several stories when they said they were not allowed to do routine searches anymore , but they are still doing it , they are still harassing innocent citizens and people are losing their lives .

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