Nigerians assemble at the 2022 Lekki EndSARS protest at the Lekki Tollgate in Lagos State on Thursday to remember the victims of the #EndSARS protests and Lekki Massacre.
Thousands of young people organised and marched through major cities throughout the country over two weeks of the #EndSARS in October 2020, calling for an end to decades of police brutality and other forms of injustice.
Police brutality and harassment of young Nigerians had, two years ago, sparked a nationwide outrage that snowballed into weeks of protest, which climaxed on October 20 into the infamous Lekki shooting. The #EndSARS protest was a public display of grievances, calling for an end to extrajudicial killings, extortion and abuse of power, especially by officers of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The planned memorial was disclosed in a flier shared by entertainer, Folarin Falana aka Falz the Bahd guy, on his Instagram page.
According to the flier, participants would walk and drive the tollgate where the Nigerian army allegedly opened fire on armless protesters who were demanding an end to police brutality
Part of the banner read, “#EndSARS Memorial 2.0 procession. In memory of those who were killed on October 20, 2022 and those we have lost to police brutality, we will walk and drive through the toll gate, blast horns, sing and chat in unison through the toll gate, wave our flags.”
Today, hundreds of Nigerians are present at the toll gate marching, chanting different songs and holding the Nigerian flags while some people are seen carrying coffins.