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#EndSARS: Protesters Tell Chilling Stories Of Extrajudicial Killings Of FSARS During Candlelight Vigil

Protesters on October 16th, took time out to remember people who died from SARS and police brutality during the #EndSARS protest. Still, with no leader, the protesters organised a candlelight vigil session across the nation. This was in honour of those who died from police brutality in Nigeria.#EndSARS

The vigils, dubbed Festival of Lights took place at Lekki Toll Gate and Government House, Alausa in Lagos. Port Harcourt, Benin, Abuja, and Bayelsa venues of the #EndSARS protests also observed the ceremony.

During the vigil, they called out names of persons who died, put up their pictures, lit candles, and said prayers in their honour. It was indeed a chilling ceremony with people sharing gory stories of how they lost loved ones to FSARS and police brutality.

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Most chilling of the stories was that of Chijioke Iloanya, allegedly killed by members of FSARS stationed at Awkuzu, Anambra state. According to Chijioke’s sister Obianuju who shared the story during the ceremony at Abuja, one James Nwafor asked her father to bring N3 million to secure Chijioke’s release.

 

The father sold lands and other properties, gave to Nwafor but he laughed in their faces, saying it’s too small.

Even more chilling was when she recounted how Chijioke’s father was made to swim in a river filled with corpses to identify her brother.

The stories fueled the anger and thickened the resolve of the protesters who insist they will remain on the streets till they see real change.

Since the protests broke out, the government has made what has been termed lukewarm attempts to quell the anger of the people.

 

What once started as #EndSARS protests has now evolved into a list of demands which includes a total overhaul of the police system and justice for victims.

 

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