#EndSars Hashtag Still Trends Three Years After Police Shooting

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On what is its third anniversary of a notorious shooting incident during protest at a tollgate in Lagos, #EndSars is once again the most-used hashtag on social media in Nigeria.

Many have been reflecting on the fortnight-long protests in which tens of thousands of young Nigerians took to the streets condemning police brutality, after a video had gone viral of a man allegedly being killed by the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars).

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A violent crackdown on the #EndSars protests in October 2020 saw dozens of civilians killed.

The government later disbanded Sars, but instances of police brutality continue in Nigeria.

Some 15 people remain in detention for their role in the 2020 protests, according to the rights group Amnesty International which is calling for their release – and says that some have not been tried, and many face “trumped-up charges”. Their names are:

Daniel Joy-Igbo
Sodiq Adigun
Sunday Okoro
Olumide Fatai
Oluwole Isa
Shehu Anas
Akiniran Oyetakin
Segun Adeniyi
Onuorah Odih
Jeremiah Lucky
Gideon Ikwujomah
Irinyemi Olorunwanbe
Quadri Azeez
Olamide Lekan
Sadiq Riliwan.

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