Oct 20, 2021 marks the one year anniversary of the Lekki Toll Gate massacre, the culmination of the EndSARS protests, when men of the Nigerian Army and policemen opened fire on peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Mushin and other locations around Lagos.
Now, early reports have emerged from the Lekki Toll Gate that personnel of the Nigerian Police Force have detained at least four peaceful protesters. In videos posted on Twitter, we can see protesters being forced into black vans at the site where the Lekki Toll Gate Massacre occurred one year ago.
Peaceful citizens who have gathered at the toll gate were also seen fleeing from clouds of teargas apparently fired by men of the police force, according to Pulse. Protesters are said to have fled towards Admiralty Way, with employees of the Lekki Concession Company throwing stones at them.
Other videos have emerged showing the police manhandling a bystander who claims to be an Uber driver.
In Abuja, soldiers and policemen have been reported to be in a standoff with citizens marking the one year memorial of the Lekki Toll Gate massacre, according to videos from Sahara reporters.
In the meantime, citizens have set up helplines to assist in case of medical emergencies or detention by the security operatives.
Oct 20, 2021 marks a year since soldiers from the Bonny Camp and policemen arrived at the tollgate and opened fire on peaceful protesters, witnessed by thousands via Instagram live streams. The Nigerian government went on to deny that anyone was killed at the Toll Gate or anywhere else, despite video evidence showing otherwise.