Police teargas, assault #EndSARS protesters in Abuja
Police fired teargas and gunshots Saturday in Abuja, forcing protesters demanding the disbandment of the controversial unit, SARS, to disperse.
Officers physically assaulted protesters who refused to leave the exterior of the police headquarters where they had camped most of Saturday.
Protesters have taken place in several cities in and outside of Nigeria. Demonstrators want
the unit accused of incessant harassment, extortion, and killing of Nigerian youth to be scraped.
They have rejected an offer by the police to reform the unit.
Protesters outside the police headquarters in Abuja had vowed not to back down and planned to sleep overnight at there.
A PREMIUM TIMES reporter at the scene saw a female police officer pleading with the protesters to leave the space.
“We are not going anywhere! This is a peaceful protest,”
said Obianuju Iloanya, one of the leaders of the protests.
Soon after, the police teargassed the protesters and fired gunshots sporadically.
People ran for safety and officers tackled protesters who refused to leave the scene including the activist, Aisha Yusufu.