Yes, on Monday 12th of October, 2020 I joined some youths at Shitta roundabouts demanding affirmative words from Mr. President that indeed the Special Anti Robbery Squad SARS a unit within the Nigerian police force has been disbanded as announced by the Inspector General of Police.
This demand was necessitated because severally we have had similar calls by the IGP.
We marched from Shitta roundabouts to Stadium to Area C police command at Barracks bus stop along Funsho Williams Avenue(Ikorodu Road).
Getting to Stadium we saw police officers, and we knelt down to show sign of respect that we are doing a peaceful protest. They told us to move on peacefully and indeed followed us behind and monitoring activities.
When we got to Hogan Bassey junction, because the protest has no leader(so we won’t be carrying out some people’s hidden agenda) some boys tried to enter SARS offices there but we shouted at them that we should keep going.
Getting to Area C, the Assistant Commissioner of Police came down to address us. I was chosen to speak on behalf of the protesters and I told him why we were protesting; because of the harassment and brutality from police especially from SARS unit and we want Mr. President to confirm that indeed SARS has been disbanded. Then reform police.
He spoke with us in a friendly manner and promised to take our agitation to his superiors. And he advised we should be law abiding. In fact, he promised that if any of us is harassed by the police we should call him which we applauded him for.
This time the Ikorodu Road was barricaded already and we agreed that by 12noon we shall open the road for easy flow of traffic.
While we were playing and singing solidarity song, one fair guy arrived with his crew they said his name is Oxlade.
This dude started going about making videos and running around. When it was 12noon, I called the other guy whom we were kinda coordinating things together that we should open the road… 5 cars had past going towards Jibowu then he asked me to go to the other side and open those going to Costain.
Then those guys that arrived with Oxlade said no. That it should be one o’clock. Haba, we agreed twelve. I went back to the other lane it was shut again.
The guy said majority said one o’clock again. We waited and trying to coordinate things. By one o’clock let’s open, they said no.
Then I saw a video online where Mr. President gave a speech confirming that indeed SARS has been disbanded. I showed them the video that it is over and me I have achieved what I wanted to achieve.
They were insisting that not yet time to go. Haba, 12 to 1 pm… 1 pm to no time. I took bike and told them I am done with the protest.
Getting home, bathing and eating then decided to check my phone where I read they were gun shots in Surulere after some youths attacked SARS office on Hogan Bassey.
Like seriously? They left Area C to return to Hogan Bassey to attack SARS? How come?
We must learn when to stop. Especially when our demand has been met. It is indeed a horrible outing for those that returned to Hogan Bassey.