The Federal Capital Territory Police Command has depicted as fake news a video circulating via social media that claims that the #EndSARS protest is presently, holding in Abuja.
The video displays heavy traffic on an expressway, with an individual claiming the Dantata Bridge in Abuja has been blocked by youths in protest.
The individual said, “We have said we are going to lock down this place. I said it in the morning; you guys thought I was joking. Here I am. Today being my birthday, I’m so happy to be here. This is the best birthday party I’ve ever had. Honestly, I’m catching my groove; the party is yet to start.”
The person further stated, “Let them come and kill the whole youths. Nigeria will have to be better at all cost, whatever it takes. Let them feel the heat. They never believed Abuja could be blocked like this.”
Responding to the video, the FCT Police Command said no protest of such is occurring, adding that the video is from the #EndSARS protest in Abuja a year ago.
The Command tweeted, “FAKE NEWS! The Attention of the FCT Police Command has been drawn to a viral video of End SARS protesters in the FCT. We hereby state that nothing of such happened as the video itself is an old video of the previous End SARS protest.”
#EndSARS protest is a movement that saw the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) last October after numerous complaints of brutality by the police unit.
SARS was a notorious unit of the Nigerian Police with a long record of abuses. The #EndSARS hashtag trended globally on social media.
The campaign witnessed reactions on social media from international celebrities such as Cardi B, Rihanna, Trey Songz, Big Sean, among others.
The EndSARS protest was endorsed by Jack Dorsey the C.E.O of Twitter and he promoted donations for the protest using Bitcoin.
The #EndSARS campaign against police brutality has since advanced into a mandate for good and accountable governance.
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