Despite the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Sunday the #EndSARS protest continued in Abuja on Wednesday.
The protesters used vehicles to block motorists at Berger roundabout in Abuja chanting ‘end police brutality’.This paralysed vehicular movements in the area as motorists made frantic U-turns in order to avoid getting caught in any ensuing melee.In Lagos,#EndSARS protesters on Wednesday also remained adamant, laying siege on the Lekki toll gate along the Lekki-Epe Expressway.
They stormed the Lekki Toll Gate section of the Lekki-Epe Expressway despite heavy downpours.
The protesters rejected the creation of SWAT and announced that the protests, which spread to Kaduna, Enugu and Warri, among other cities, will continue today.
They took to their Facebook accounts and twitter pages to register their displeasure about the SWAT squad.
To them, creating SWAT is like renaming SARS.
In the reactions posted on the social media, they announced various protests points and locations today.
On twitter, they launched a hashtag against SWAT. This started trending on the microblogging site last night. There were over 55,400 tweets rejecting the new anti-robbery unit as at 10pm on Tuesday.
Many argued that SWAT was like giving SARS operatives new uniforms to wear.
Hip hop artiste and Ruggedman @RuggeddyBaba said: “We thank God for that and wait to see implementation.”
J.J. Omojuwa @omojuwa posted: “This is a great start. We need quick arrests of the officers that shot and killed citizens. And we need to advance #PoliceReforms immediately.
“After all the protests, it’s time to hold government to their commitments on #PoliceReforms
“It’s time to now focus on a post-protest plan. After all the agitations and efforts over the last few days, it’d be sad to lose on the implementation front. That’s where the crux of the matter becomes policy. We need to be strategic #PoliceReforms.”