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Two killed during #EndSARS protest in Lagos

Two persons have been reportedly killed in a protest against police brutality in Lagos.

The two persons were allegedly killed by police bullets during a protest in Surulere area of the state on Monday.

They were said to have died of gunshot wounds.

TheCable had reported how roads in Lekki, Surulere and Allen Avenue in Lagos were shut down as protests calling for the reform of the police and the dissolution of SARS continued.Advertisement

The #EndSARS protest — which trended as number one globally on Twitter — was triggered by incessant cases of brutality.

Before now, there has been a series of protests across the country demanding the end of the police unit which is notorious for human rights violations.

Owing to the mass outrage, the IGP had banned operatives of SARS, the Special Tactical Squad (STS) and Intelligence Response Team (IRT) from undertaking routine patrols as well as stop and search duties.Advertisement

But Nigerians were not pacified by this owing to similar promises of reforming the unit in the past which failed.

On Sunday, Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police (IGP), announced the disbandment of the police unit.

He said the operatives will be redeployed, and that a new policing arrangement will be set up to fill in the gaps.

PROTESTS, KILLINGS, AND ATTACKS

There have been reports of attacks on protesters since the #EndSARS campaign began last week.

During the protests which were held across the country, casualties were recorded in different states.

Notably is Jimoh Isiaq, a protester who was killed in Ogbomosho in Oyo state on Saturday.

TheCable had reported how the police in Abuja dispersed a crowd of protesters with live bullets, water cannons and tear gas, on Sunday.

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