ENDSARS #NOSWAT #ENDPOLICEBRUTALITY #ENDBADGOVERNANCE RALLY IN INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA ON OCTOBER 29, 2020 IN SUPPORT OF NIGERIAN YOUTHS ASKING FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE AND END TO POLICE BRUTALITY IN NIGERIA.
A. Why is it holding?
The #EndSARS campaign started on Twitter in 2017 but was revitalised in October 2020 following more revelations of police brutality, especially abuses by the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) unit. On 8th October 2020 peaceful protests started nationwide as the Nigerian youths were demanding an end to police brutality in Nigeria and the total disbandment of the SARS unit of the Nigeria Police.
The notorious unit which has been accused of brutality, extra-judicial killings, rape and extortion had previously been disbanded by the Inspector General of Police in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively with no evidence of the unit actually being disbanded as the unit was still fully in operation and its officers on active duty across the nation.
On 10th October 2020, men of the Nigeria Police shot at unarmed #EndSARS protesters at Ogbomosho, Oyo State killing a young man by name, Jimoh Isiaq. The SARS unit was subsequently dissolved once again by the Inspector General of Police on 11th October 2020 and was immediately replaced by a new unit called SWAT – Special Weapons and Tactics Team. The SWAT was immediately rejected by Nigerian youths as this only seemed like a change of name for the notorious SARS unit. The youths demanded a reform of the Police unit and justice for the victims of police brutality.
20th October 2020 will always be remembered by the Nigerian Youths as
BlackTuesdayNigeria. At about 6:50 pm local time, soldiers of the Nigerian Army started shooting live war-grade bullets directly at an unarmed crowd of youthful and peaceful protesters carrying the nation’s flag at the Lekki Toll Gate even though the curfew declared by the Lagos State Government was not yet in effect.
The crime against humanity committed by the Nigerian Army has since been tagged the #LekkiMassacre. The Nigerian Army claims it never happened despite the overwhelming evidence. We seek to find the truth on this matter.
We, members of the Nigerian Diaspora community in Indiana join all other diasporans and citizens of Nigeria to condemn this act and request the international community to support us in getting justice for these youths and the good people of Nigeria against tyranny and misrule.
B. What it intends to achieve
We seek truth, justice and good governance. On 11th October 2020 the #EndSARS protesters presented their five demands to the government tagged #5for5. The demands are as follows:
- Immediate release of all arrested protesters
- Justice for all deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families
- Setting up an independent body to oversee the investigation & prosecution of all reports of police misconduct (within 10 days)
- In line with new Police Act, psychological evaluation and retraining (to be confirmed by an independent body) of all disbanded SARS officers before redeployment
- Increase Police salary so that they are adequately compensated for protecting lives and properties of citizens.
Let it be known that the Lekki shooting is unacceptable. Media reported that CCTV cameras were uninstalled that evening and all lights in the area, including the Billboard were switched off. WE WILL NEVER FORGET! We also believe our YOUTH LIVES MATTER WORLDWIDE!
C. NIDO Indiana will work with the government and people in the USA, and Nigerian diaspora communities around the world to hold the Nigerian government accountable for finding those behind the Lekki shootings of October 20, 2020, and obtain justice for the Nigerian youths.
D. Numerous protests and rallies have been carried out by Nigerian diaspora community in the USA and worldwide. Many more are occurring by the day. We will organize a strategy around this to ensure we form a pressure group to reach out to the International Community and governments around the world to find the truth on those responsible and ensure justice.
E. Message to the Nigerian government.
Who ordered the shooting of unarmed peaceful #EndSARS protesters who were waving the Nigerian flag and singing the National anthem at Lekki Toll Gate on 20th October 2020? These persons must be held accountable. Our goal is to work with the government and people of Nigeria for good governance, peace and that justice and equity be fully established.
Signed: Adetunji Adeleke (President)
Tunde Adewole (General Secretary)
Mercy Sampson (Community Relations Director)
Sunday Robert Eze (PRO)
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