Nigerian youths have marked the memorial of the EndSARS protests which ended 2 years ago on the 20th of October 2020 with the massacre at Lekki Toll Gate.
Youths have taken to social media to declare that they will never forget those who fought, those who died, those who marched and those who spoke out during the fight against police brutality.
EndSARS Memorial – History of Protest
Recall that thousands of youths had marched across the country for about two weeks in protest of the brutality from the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars).
The Government had eventually disbanded the squad but the protests were later attacked by hoodlums. Eventually the events culminated at the Lekki toll gate where soldiers are believed to have opened fire on defenseless citizens.
The government set up judicial panels of inquiry to investigate the widespread allegations of abuse by officers.
According to Amnesty International, at least 56 people died across the country during the protests.
One year after the National Economic Council chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo directed states to pay compensation to the victims of police brutality in the country, indications show that many states have yet to comply with the directive.
According to reports only Lagos, Osun, Ekiti and the Federal Capital Territory have complied with the NEC resolution.
All states and the FCT with the exception of Yobe, Borno, Jigawa, Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto, and Zamfara failed to set up panels.
Here are some reaction as gathered by Dockaysworld across social media, read them below;
20/10/20 Never Forget!!! #EndSARS
@FakhuusHashim says, “My Lord, it’s been two years already since 20/10/20. May the souls of those whose lives was ruthlessly taken by a ruthless regime, be in peace for all eternity. #EndSARS”
“10. 20.20 We will never forget.
May the souls of the departed continue to rest in perfect peace.”
“#EndSARS Our spirits not broken, our resolve is only stronger. We are the generation that will set this country on the right path.
The lives of the brave souls lost at the #lekkitollgate 10.20.2020 will never be forgotten.
“We will never forget 20:10:20. Our government disappointed and betrayed us. Full video on time line #EndSARS #EndSARSMemorial2 #LekkiMassacre”
“We remember our heros the Nigeria
Government shoot at the #Lekkitollgate
May their souls rest and may their spirit chase those who were involved in their killing Ad
“I remember exactly where I when news of the shooting at the Lekki Toll Gate started filtering out. I was on a programme on AIT & 1 remember losing my temper so badly at the APC rep that day.
The anger from that day has never really subsided. May God rest the dead
“A day never to forget if you are a youth after seeing all these and you let one old man mislead you come
2023 election its a share
We will NEVER forget and Karma
NEVER forgives. Those who ordered the killing wants to be president.”