The protest was sparked up by a video that went viral on social media last month , where some policemen suspected to be attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS were alleged to have shot a young man to death in Ugheli south Local Government Area of Delta State and zoomed off in the victim’s Lexus jeep.
The EndSARS protest has led to a seeming anarchy especially in the southern parts of Nigeria, unfortunately, the same areas that suffered most the police brutality that has brought shame to Nigeria.
But police authorities debunked the report, clarifying that the policemen involved were not SARS operatives and that the victim did not die.
Rather, the victim, according to a statement by the Delta State Police Command, jumped out of a moving Police patrol vehicle and sustained body and head injuries, describing the video that went viral was the handiwork of mischief makers.
But the command’s explanation fell on deaf ears as youths went on rampage in Delta state , protesting the reported death of the young man . This snowballed into a general protest, first in Lagos and Abuja before it spread to other parts of the country, excluding the north.
At the initial stage, the main focus of the protest was the call for the disbandment of SARS.
To press home their demand, the protesters took over major expressways across the country. In Lagos State , the ever busy Lagos/Ibadan expressway was blocked , as well as the Lekki toll gate , thereby hampering vehicular movements.
The road barricades later spread to other parts of Lagos metropolis with the protesters, all of who were youths, blaring music and engaging in different sports to keep them busy.