Police attack #EndSARS protesters in Abuja as soldiers take over

Police attack #EndSARS protesters in Abuja as soldiers take over

Police fired tear gas at #EndSARS protesters in Abuja. The protest, which began nearly two weeks ago, seeks an end to police brutality in the

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Police fired tear gas at #EndSARS protesters in Abuja.

The protest, which began nearly two weeks ago, seeks an end to police brutality in the country. At least 12 people have been killed across the country and police authorities last week warned against the use of force against protesters.

The protesters came under attack at about noon Monday as they marched through the streets of Abuja.

Meanwhile, soldiers have taken over the streets of Abuja and have been stationed around strategic places in the federal capital territory (FCT).

The army had issued a statement, saying it would embark on a nationwide operation codenamed, ‘Crocodile Smile’ but civil society organisations had kicked against the army’s plan to deploy soldiers in the streets to clamp down on protesters.

Although the army said its operation was not targeted at protesters, on Monday, soldiers could be seen lined up on major roads across the FCT.

Alliance for Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond, a group led by Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, had warned the army leadership of consequences if soldiers unleashed violence on protesters

#EndSARS protesters in the nation’s capital have faced attacks by thugs wielding clubs and machetes. Anthony Onome, a protester, was stabbed on Saturday when he and other agitators protesting against police brutality were attacked by hoodlums in the Kubwa area of the FCT. He died on Sunday.