Gridlock as #EndSARS protesters shut down Iwo road
Written by MaryGift Sunday on October 13, 2020
Protesters against police brutality, extra-judicial killing, and extortion have blocked Iwo road in Ibadan on Tuesday morning, causing gridlock.
Newsmen gathered that the protesters arrived at the road a few minutes to 09 am.
According to a commuter, many travellers are stranded and held in traffic.
One of the protesters, identified simply as Akande, said, “It is our right to protest. We apologise to those affected by the gridlock, but we expect that they should be part of us. They are also exploited by policemen while travelling.”
Nigerians on Tuesday continued their protests to pressure the Federal Government to follow through on disbanding the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
The Inspector General of Police, Adamu Muhammed, had on Sunday announced the dissolution of the FSARS in after widespread protest.
The protesters blocked highways in Lagos on Monday, demanding that the President Muhammadu Buhari to addresses them.
Buhari on Monday insisted that “disbanding of SARS is only the first step in our commitment to extensive police reforms”.
“The purpose of law enforcement and the purpose of policing is for the safety of lives and livelihood of Nigerians,” he said.
But protesters vowed to keep up the pressure, saying previous pledges to disband the unit and punish officers responsible for abuses were not honoured.