Nigeria at 60!
Nigeria celebrated sixty years of independence from British colonial rule on the 1st of October 2020. Unlike other years, not many Nigerians felt the need to celebrate. While Nigeria has made some remarkable strides since gaining independence, the country still grapples with several issues that continue to hinder it’s progress and development.
Police brutality is one many issues that plague innocent Nigerians. It is deeply embedded in the fabric of the Nigerian society and an unknown number of people have lost their lives to police brutality in various parts of the country.
Days after Nigeria marked its independence, youths in different parts of Nigeria took to the streets to call for an end to the Special Anti-robbery Squad also known as SARS.
The #EndSARS movement lasted for up to two weeks. A few days into the protest, the Nigerian government announced that the unit which is notorious for harassing, killing and intimidating innocent citizens had been dissolved. However, the protests continued as the youths demanded for a reform of the entire police unit as well as an end to bad governance in Nigeria.
The protests ended abruptly on the 20th of October after the Nigerian government used security forces to kill, harass and lock-up innocent protesters in Lagos and different parts of Nigeria.
All images take during the #EndSARS protest in Abuja.