Nigerian Police Violently Disperse Lekki Toll Gate Memorial Protests

Police have tear-gassed hundreds of people who came out at the Lekki toll gate in a memorial automobile parade to mourn those who died during protests in Nigeria’s economic center last year.

Security officers opened fire on unarmed protestors at the Lekki toll gate one year ago today. 

The shootings put an end to Nigeria’s burgeoning teenage protest movement, known as #EndSARS. However, the Nigerian government continues to deny that a shooting occurred, despite scores of videos filmed by protestors showing the shooting and the dead and injured. 

Those who died were referred to as “fallen heroes” by the organizers of Wednesday’s protests, who said they had to come to the toll gate to mourn them.

The Nigerian army denied firing live shots, claiming that only blanks were used to disperse a gathering that had broken a curfew. 

Since then, a protest movement has sprouted up around the hashtag #EndSARS on social media.

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