The demonstrations developed spontaneously, after the circulation of a video on social media showing a SARS officer allegedly shooting a man in Delta State and driving away. Under the hashtag #EndSARS, thousands of young people took to the streets as part of a movement that has been depicted as a “national awakening”.
Nigeria protest goes global due to violence and dozen of people killed.
At least 56 people have died across Nigeria since the #EndSARS protests began on October 8, with 38 killed across the country on Tuesday alone, according to human rights group Amnesty International.
The protests began two weeks ago after a video circulated showing a man being beaten, apparently by police officers from SARS.
As the End SARS movement has spread across Nigeria over the past fortnight, at least 56 people have died – 38 of them on Tuesday alone, Amnesty claims.
Nigeria’s president has called on the international community “to know all facts” following widespread condemnation over the alleged deaths of anti-police brutality protesters.
Muhammadu Buhari, who failed to address a shooting of protesters that took place Tuesday, also called on protesters to stop demonstrating and engage with the government.
Mr Buhari also announced he had disbanded the controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad, known as SARS.
It comes after at least 12 people were killed when government forces fired upon protesters during anti-police brutality demonstrations, according to Amnesty International.
Shots were fired at protesters by the Lekki toll plaza in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos on Tuesday night, causing injuries and an unknown number of deaths.