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#EndSARS Protest Anniversary: So Far, So Good?



Memories of the nationwide protest that shook the country on October 20, 2020, has been given a fresh life as youths mark the third anniversary of the demonstration.

The hashtag #EndSARS movement was started by the youths to resist the alleged brutality by personnel of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a team under the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and their sister agencies.

However, what started as a civil disobedience rapidly degenerated into a full-blown riot as lives were lost and properties were destroyed.

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While the government claimed that 22 policemen died during the protest that was later hijacked by hoodlums, the protesters accused the government of killing over 100 demonstrators, a claim the government debunked.

To douse the fire of the demonstration, the authorities eventually caved into pressure by dissolving SARS.

Three years after the monumental protest, what has changed? Are the youths of Nigerians treated fairly afterward? Are there still security operatives that brutalise the young population of the country?

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