Despite a ban on the tactical police group, the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) following days of peaceful protest by Nigerian youths, personnel of the police force have intensified their brutality against peaceful protesters.
A Nigerian youth Isaq Jimoh was killed in Ogbomosho Oyo state while several others were wounded on Saturday. The violence continued in that part of the country with at least eight unconfirmed persons shot dead by the police.
The protesters who refused to give way however continued their protest on Sunday, breeching the security of the palace of a traditional ruler after another victim was killed by the police. Video surfaced online of police officers dragging the dead bodies of suspected protesters in Ogbomosho, with one identified as Akeju.
Several videos show police officers shooting live bullets directly at people whether protesters or not while a number of victims are in critical conditions at various hospitals.
In Abuja, police took brutality to another level as they fired teargas endlessly at the protesters and used water canon to disperse the protester who stood their ground. The police then began to run the protesters over from their Armored Personal Carriers (APC).
“They took my phone from me, they smashed everything inside my bag, they were pulling my clothes off my body I had to beg them to please let me just keep my clothes on, they were trying to stripe me, Nigeria Police officers did it,” says a female protester.
Several peaceful protesters were arrested and it took the intervention of popular artiste Davido to secure their release. It was gathered that the police had continued to pick up innocent youths in the central area and Wuse 2, beating them up and detaining them.
In Benin, Edo state, soldiers were deployed to the street and in various video were seen beating up peaceful protesters who also refused to yield their ground to the brutality.
One of the leading voices of the protests and co-founder of the Bring Back Our Girls Movement (BBOG), Aisha Yesufu decried the nonchalant attitude of the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari who has refused to address the nation in the midst of the unrest.
Yesufu said in a television broadcast: “He should remember that when Nigerians were fighting for this democracy and some of them paid the ultimate price, he was nowhere to be found, he was in hiding wherever he was, whether in Daura, we never heard the voice of Muhammadu Buhari when Nigerians went through what they went through.
“He should remember that the democracy he was enjoying today, we will continue to fight for it, if he wants to pick all of us up, he should build enough prison to accommodate all of us. Muhamadu Buhari will dare not intimidate us in our own country because no Nigerian is more Nigerian than any Nigerian.”