According to reports, nationwide protests began on October 8, 2020, calling on the authorities to abolish an abusive police unit called the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). In response, the police shot tear gas, water cannons, and live rounds at protesters, According to Amnesty International more than 10 people were killed and hundreds wounded. Armed thugs have also disrupted protests and attacked protesters.

The protests were sparked by a video that surfaced online on October 3, allegedly showing a SARS officer shooting a young man in Delta state. These generated an outcry on social media, especially twitter, where the hashtag #EndSARS began trending globally, and led to protest across Nigeria and in different countries around the world.

Risk Map highlighting major events of the ENDSARS protests across Nigeria

Civil Unrest #ENDSARS

5th Oct: Some youths took to the streets of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, to protest against alleged extortion, harassment, brutality, killing perpetrated by officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The protest comes on the heels of an order by the Inspector General of Police banning personnel of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) from carrying out routine patrols, stop and search duties, mounting of roadblocks, traffic checks.

6th Oct: Ongoing #EndSarsNow protest along Sapele road, Benin City. Caution is highly advised along the route.

8th Oct: Some youths in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, also staged a #ENDSARS protest rally, demanding an end to police brutality, harassment and alleged killings.

8th Oct: A policeman was killed following the protest that rocked Otovwodo axis of Ughelli North Lga of Delta State in the wake of the #ENDSARS Protest. The incident also led to the destruction of several cars as commuters along the East-West road axis of Otovwodo junction scampered for safety following the series of gunshots that ensued while the melee lasted.

8th Oct: The #ENDSARZ demonstration took place along Okigwe road in Owerri, Imo state. The protest experienced strange exchanges between the police and the protesters.

8th Oct: For several hours in Benin City, vehicular and human movement was stalled following protests by hundreds of youth against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police Force. The protesters which included members of the National Association of Edo Students, and a coalition of civil society organizations, marched along major streets in the Edo State capital.

8th Oct: Some men of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, dispersed youths protesting against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, and unit of the Force. The youths protesting at Lekki tollgate, opposite Oriental Hotels in Lagos State were calling for the scrap of SARS due to their brutality and alleged unconstitutional activities. Police officers who were on ground dispersed the protesters while seizing their placards and assaulting some of them.

8th Oct: Igbo-Olomu in Ikorodu area of Lagos was in chaos following brutal clash between Hausa and Yoruba dwellers in the area. Source said the clash resulted as a Hausa okada rider rode a Yoruba passenger to the area. The Yoruba man refused to pay the fare which resulted in altercation, which further degenerated into ethnic clash.

8th Oct: No fewer than hundred houses have been reportedly razed in Amata-Akpoha community, Afikpo North Lga of Ebonyi State. This is following a land dispute that ensued between Amata-Akpoha and the neighboring Ezeke-Amasiri community. Source said that eight persons have so far sustained serious injuries, while one death was recorded in the said disputes that have lasted over forty years.

9th Oct: Men of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, tear gassed peaceful protesters against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, in Abuja. Some of the protesters alleged that the police officers dispersed them while fully armed.

9th Oct: Hundreds of citizens converged at the Lagos State Government Secretariat in Alausa, Ikeja. They also stormed the entrance of the Governor’s Office and the House of Assembly. The demonstrations were triggered by the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

9th Oct: Youths in Osun State joined the nationwide protest against the brutality and extra-judicial killing of young Nigerians by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the police in some major towns across the state. The protesters in Osogbo who were on motorcycles rode around the state capital, carrying placards.

9th Oct: Hundreds of Women in Lagos have joined the End SARS protest. They marched around the Agege area of the state. They carried placards and chanted songs during the procession demanding the proscription of the notorious Police unit.

9th Oct: Youths invaded a police station in Imoru, Ijebu-Ode area of Ogun State vandalizing and looting the police station. They were seen destroying the patrol vehicle, as window glasses and doors were broken. Source said they took advantage of the #ENDSARS protest.

9th Oct: There were sporadic gunshots at the 2020 Owu festival as youths protested calling for the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) the protesters barricaded the entrance of the festival, seeking an audience with former president Olusegun Obasanjo.

10 Oct: Hundreds of youths in Awka, Anambra State capital, joined the #ENDSARS protest that has rocked the country. The youth who bore various placards, matched around major roads in the state to press home their demand for the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) department of the Nigerian Police.

10th Oct: Youths in their hundreds flooded major streets in Abeokuta, the Ogun State to demand for an end to the operations of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria police in the country. The peaceful protest later went out of hand when the protesters vandalized the Ogun Deputy Governor vehicle and also injured a police officer.

10th Oct: A bystander was shot and killed in Ogbomoso in Oyo State, by the policemen dispersing #EndSARS protesters.

10th Oct: 3 houses were set ablaze by protesting youths at Evwreni community in Ughelli Lga of Delta State following the unconfirmed death of the community chairman who was said to have died in the custody of the Inspector General of Police, IGP monitoring team at Abuja.

10th Oct: A yet-to-be identified youth in Oyo State protesting against the activities of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was shot by the police, but a police spokesperson denied the claim. Source said that the man was shot in the leg when protesters arrived the Owode Police Station in Ogbomoso.

10th Oct: #EndSARS protesters in Kaduna State asked the Federal Government to deploy operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad to the North East to fight banditry, terrorism and other security challenges facing the country. The protesters made up of youths from different civil society organizations held a peaceful march in the state capital to lend their voice for the disbandment of SARS.

11th Oct: Nigerian Police Force dispersed Abuja EndSARS protesters with live bullets, water cannons and tear gas. Source said”They used teargas. They shot at us directly, and they used their water cannons.” The protesters had converged to demand an end to police brutality and the disbandment of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) unit which is notorious for human rights violations.

11th Oct: Nigerian Police Force dispersed Abuja EndSARS protesters with live bullets, water cannons and tear gas. One of the protesters said they used teargas, they shot at us directly, and they used their water cannons.” The protesters had converged to demand an end to police brutality and the disbandment of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) unit which is notorious for human rights violations.

Water cannons being used on protesters.

11th Oct: A PREMIUM TIMES journalist was assaulted by police officers while covering the #EndSARS protest in Abuja. Police fired teargas canisters at the protesters, who were marching in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, demanding the scrapping of the notorious police unit, FSARS.

11th Oct: Angry youths who were protesting the killing of an #EndSARS protester in Ogbomoso stormed the palace of the traditional ruler in the town, the Soun of Ogbomoso, and destroyed property. Source said the youth had taken their protest to the palace to condemn the killing of Jimoh Isiaka, who was killed during a confrontation between the youth and the police at Owode Police station in Ogbomoso.

12th Oct: police officers around Western Avenue in Surulere, Lagos, opened gunfire to disperse protesters, killing a 55year-old man Ikechukwu Ilohamauzo. The protesters watched and filmed as a medical team tried to give the man emergency care, but he died. 

12th Oct: Another was filmed with a bullet lodged in his thigh.

12th Oct: The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, called for calm and professionalism from the protesters and police personnel respectively as the End SARS protests turned bloody, some armed hoodlums reportedly hijacked the protest, killing one inspector and seriously injured two other police officers in Surulere area of Lagos.

12th Oct: End SARS protesters shut down Lekki toll gate in Lagos. This caused traffic jam on the Lekki-Ajah express. The campaigners had announced that workers and other commuters would be affected. They are demanding that the Police go beyond disbandment of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza

12th Oct : Youth in the commercial city of Onitsha, Anambra State, staged a peaceful march in solidarity with the #EndSARS protests rocking the country, The youth disregarded the statement of the Anambra youth wing of Ohaneze Ndigbo, call for a cancellation of the planned protest.

12th Oct: Campaigners against the excesses of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), the police squad known for its human rights abuses and extra-judicial killings, surrounded the Kwara State government house calling for the total disbandment of the notorious police unit.

12th Oct: End SARS protesters shut down the entrance of Osun State Governor’s office, Osogbo, the state capital. They are demanding that the Police go beyond disbandment of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

12th Oct: The End SARS protest took a different dimension in Calabar, Cross River State capital as the irate youths took over major streets, disrupting traffic, Economic activities in the state.

12th Oct: The two ladies who were brutalized by officers of the Nigeria Police Force have been identified. The ladies were assaulted at the peaceful #EndSARS protest staged at Ojuelegba. They were dragged, beaten, and tortured.

12th Oct: #EndSARS protesters shut down the road leading to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos demanding SARS must go.

12th Oct: For several hours in Benin City, Passengers were stranded as marked taxi and minibus operators withdrew their services. The drivers protested along major roads in Benin City, alleged extortion by members of the National Union of Roads Transport Workers (NURTW) and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) outside their official daily payment per day.

12th Oct: Residents of Pegi, a community in Kuje Area Council blocked the entrance gate to Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister’s during a peaceful protest.

12th Oct: 3 Youth were killed by Soldiers protesting indefinite curfew imposed on Karshi Sanga Lga of Kaduna State.

13th Oct: The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, joined residents of the state in the End SARS protests. Sanwo-Olu marched along with the crowd that convened at the Government House in Alausa, Ikeja. Afterwards, he flew to Abuja, where he will meet President over the issue.

13th Oct:  #ENDSARS protests took another turn in Abuja, when soldiers set up a blockade before the National Assembly, NASS, Soldiers used gun butts, tree branches to beat protesters, journalists covering the event. 

13TH Oct: The largely youthful crowd attending in Abuja continued their march in spite of being chased from their initial route around the National Assembly. The protesters regrouped to occupy the normally busy Transcorp Hilton Hotel junction for several hours. A small number of police officers stood by watching as protesters blocked the streets and chanted slogans calling for widespread police reform across the country.

13th Oct: #EndSARS Protest in Rivers defying the Governor ban on public protest. They marched to the Government House, where the protest leaders presented their grievances against police brutality, to the Rivers State government.

13th Oct: #EndSARS protesters shutdown the Iwo road in Ibadan. There was a massive gridlock around the area as the protesters hit the road to resume demonstrations against police brutality despite the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force.

13th Oct: Hundreds of protesters marched on the major streets of Enugu to protest police brutality. The protesters who assembled at popular Okpara Square marched round the street before finally heading to state CID to lay their grievances.

13th Oct: #EndSARS attacked and injured policemen during a protest in Lagos. Some violent protesters, who were on rampage, attacked the policemen posted to Oshodi Tapa Police Post, which was formerly used by the just disbanded SARS, as a satellite office, and injured them.

13th Oct: Hundreds of protesters in Delta State Capital, Asaba formed a human barricade at the entrance to the Delta State Government House. The protesting youths trooped to the streets to add their voices to the campaign against the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

13th Oct: Scores of #EndSARS protesters took to the streets of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, demanding a total end to police brutality in the wake of mass anti-SARS protests within and outside Nigeria. The protesters, comprising mostly youths who carried placards with various inscriptions, marched through the Ekeki-Amarata axis of the Mbiama-Yenagoa Road, singing solidarity songs.

13th Oct: The End SARS protest hit Akure, the Ondo State capital. Youths from various communities and towns of the state converged on the state capital to join their voices with that of their counterparts in various parts of the country who are demanding total scrapping of what has been described as the most dreadful and deadly unit of the Nigeria Police.

13th Oct: Oyo State government Secretariat, Agodi Ibadan was shut down by # EndSars protesters demanding the total ban of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

13th Oct: Nigerian Youths protesting against the brutality and extra-judicial killings by the police blocked the popular junction of Ola-Iya, Osogbo and Mayfair Roundabout at Ile-Ife, Osun State.

13th Oct: Police operatives dispersed youths who turned out in the Adamawa State capital, Yola, to protest alleged brutality of police personnel against youths across the country. The youths had earlier scheduled their protest march to start at a famous junction called Police Roundabout and thereafter, head to the nearby Police headquarters, but the police would not have it.

13th Oct: Protesters in their numbers barricaded the Ebonyi State government house, demanding prosecution of SARS officers found guilty of crimes. The protesters who carried placards also demanded the reform of the Nigeria Police “We are citizens; we have our rights #End police brutality. #End SARS!!

13th Oct: Residents of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, joined the #EndSARS protests they gathered at Ibom Roundabout, in the heart of Uyo, with placards calling for an end to police brutality in the country. “

 14th Oct: Ejigbo LCDA chairman, appealed to the youths protesting against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the police assuring that federal and state governments are working together to address their demands. Addressing the protesters, the chairman advised them to conduct their activity peacefully.

14th Oct: Thousands of protesters who joined the nationwide #EndDARS Protests in Alausa, Ikeja area of Lagos were taken aback as some hoodlums hijacked the protests to attack the protesters and road users.

14th Oct: Armed thugs attacked End SARS protesters in Abuja. The thugs invaded the protest venue at Berger junction were armed with cutlasses chased the protesters, and destroyed vehicles parked in the area. It was gathered that some protesters sustained injuries and have been rushed to the hospital.

14th Oct: #EndSARS protesters took the protest to Awka, the Anambra State capital, where they blocked the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway and the government house Awka for more than 5 hours. Source said that a popular transport company in the state provided logistics support to the protesters by making its buses available to ferry protesters from Onitsha to join up with those in Awka.

14th Oct: Hundreds of #EndSARS protesters crippled activities in major roads of Warri and Effurun in Delta state as they protest against the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), as well as the newly announced Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit. The youths kicked off the peaceful march from the popular Delta Mall in Effurun Roundabout, walked through the Effurun-Warri Sapele Road, stopping at Airport, Jakpa, Enerhen and Deco Junctions, as well as marching on to Estate Roundabout, all in Warri South and Uvwie council areas.

14th Oct: Youths numbering over 1000 barricaded the Kogi State Government House protesting against SARS brutality in the state. The youths who blocked the gate of government denied everyone, including security operatives, government officials, access into the complex.

14th Oct: Scores of End SARS stormed the office of the Ogun State Governor making several demands. The protesters berated, the Inspector General of Police for setting up the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) squad in place of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). They rejected the newly established SWAT in its totality, raising concerns that the new police formation may engage in more acts of brutality than SARS.

16th Oct: Commercial and sundry activities were paralyzed in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital as youths protesting for an end to Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) and police brutality in the country, occupied the major streets for several hours. The #EndSARS protesters who converged at the popular Fajuyi Park in the state capital barricaded the major road thereby causing traffic gridlock at the busy area.

16th Oct: An End SARS protestor was killed and three others injured in Akure, the Ondo State capital when a car rammed into the protesting youths who have been lending their voices to the nationwide protest gathered in front of the Ondo Governor’s office.

16th Oct: End SARS protest resurfaced in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, as protesters blocked the Okemosan-Kuto road. This is coming despite the Governor’s appeal asking them to allow government implement the police reforms.

16th Oct: #EndSARS protest in Jos, Plateau State, turned violent as police personnel tear gassed some protesters, who in turn damaged police vehicles and other properties.

16th Oct: Hundreds of youth in Ekiti State joined the campaign against the excesses of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The protesters blocked the popular Fajuyi Road leading to the state government office at Ado-Ekiti.

16th Oct: The #EndSARS protesters returned to the streets in solidarity with other protesters across the country. The protesters started their walk from the Otovwodo axis of Ughelli, to Ekuigbo after which they matched to the Ughelli Police Area Command.

16th Oct: EndSars protesters block down Apo junction, a road linking Festac, Mile 2, and Ago together. Protesters were seen using tyres, broken sticks and their cars to block the road.

16th Oct: Two persons were confirmed dead and scores injured as hoodlums fired gun shots at #EndSARS protesters in Benin, capital of Edo state. The peaceful protest by hundreds of youths which began at the city centre, later turned bloody, as the hoodlums clashed with the protesting youths.

16th Oct: 9 people were killed in Delta State following a resumption of hostilities between two neighboring communities involved in a boundary dispute. The incident happened at a boundary between Oleh and Ozoro communities.

16th Oct: Two persons including a student of Abeda Holy Ghost Secondary School Peva have been confirmed dead by Special Forces while two others were declared missing during a protest by the students of the school in Takum Lga of Taraba state.

17th Oct: Scores of Youths protested against the poor supply of electricity by the Abuja Electricity Development Company and bad federal roads across Niger state. The youths also asked for the reform of the Nigeria Police and putting an end to the lawlessness of men of the now dissolved Special anti-robbery squad as well as asking governments to take tangible actions to stop banditry and kidnapping across the state.

17TH Oct: Four hoodlums attacked End SARS protesters around Olaiya Junction in Osogbo, the Osun State capital. The hoodlum’s machete two End SARS protesters and escaped the scene

17th Oct: After a candlelight vigil in Port Harcourt, the #EndSARS protest has continued on Saturday with a Prayer Walk. The candlelight procession which held at Air Force, Aba Road, Port Harcourt gathering to honor victims of Police brutality in Rivers State.

17th Oct: #EndSars protesters in Abuja marched from Unity Fountain through Maitama up to the British Council. They soon moved on to Banex in Wuse 2 and blocked the Wuse market to vent their frustration and call for good governance.

17th Oct: Hundreds of #EndSARS protesters barricaded the Kubwa-Zuba expressway, Abuja, grinding traffic to a halt. While some of the campaigners blocked the Kubwa section of the expansive highway, close to the NNPC junction, others were said to have also blocked off the Gwarimpa section causing a serious traffic jam in the area.

17th Oct: Youths in their hundreds took over some roads in Kaduna, demanding an end to insecurity, kidnapping and the alleged sins of police SARS. They said posterity would not judge them right if they failed to join their counterpart to condemn “bad governance” and #ENDSARS.

17th Oct: #EndSARS protesters gathered at Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja and the Lekki tollgate to hold a candlelight procession in honor of those who have died due to police brutality.

17th Oct: Human and vehicular traffic were grounded on the major roads in Nsukka town, in Nsukka Lga of Enugu State, as a result of the #EndSARS protest.

17th Oct: Thousands of youths and EndSARS protesters grounded activities in Makurdi the Benue state capital. The protesters who gathered at IBB Square in the High-Level area of the town marched through major roads in the town disrupting vehicular movement and creating gridlock around the town.

17th Oct: Thousands of youths and EndSARS protesters grounded activities in Makurdi the Benue state capital. The protesters who gathered as early as 6am at IBB Square in the High-Level area of the town marched through major roads in the town disrupting vehicular movement and creating gridlock around the town.

17th Oct: Thugs attacked Governor Gboyega Oyetola while he was addressing protesters in Osogbo. Source said that Oyetola had walked along with some End SARS protesters from Oke-fia to join others at popular Olaiya junction. 

18th Oct: Four persons were crushed to death in Benin, Edo when a Sport Utility Vehicle ran into a group of protesters who slept on the road. Four others who sustained serious injuries were said to have been rushed to the State Specialist Hospital for treatment. The protesters were said to have set bonfire on the road and slept beside it, when the vehicle ran into them.

18th Oct: End SARS protesters blocked the popular Effurun roundabout in Uvwie Lga of Delta State. The roundabout is the gateway from Benin to Warri and from Port-Harcourt into Warri and its environs. Many passengers were forced to trek long distance before they could get vehicles to their various destinations.

18th Oct: #ENDSARS protests, angry tanker drivers in Adamawa shutdown Yola-Jalingo highway to protest alleged police brutality against a tanker driver near Mayo Belwa town.

19TH Oct: #EndSars Civil Unrest protest was carried out in almost every LGA areas in Lagos state; the following areas witness protest, heavy traffic congestion, hoodlum attacks: YABA, APAPA, AJEGUNLE, IBEJU-LEKKI, AIRPORT ROAD, MM-INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, LEKKI-EPE EXPRESSWAY, SANGOTEDO, ABIJO, AGBARA, LAGOS-BADAGRY EXPRESSWAY.

19TH Oct:  #EndSars Civil Unrest protest was carried out in major areas of Abuja namely: Yakubu Gowon Crescent, Asokoro, Dutse – Bwari road, Murtala Mohammed road, Nyanya , Banex Plaza junction, Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse 2.  Some Protesters were attacked by hoodlums, other were dispersed by the police.

19th Oct: #EndSars Civil Unrest protest occurred at major areas in Edo state too, Adesua junction, 2nd Circular Road, Jattu Junction, Auchi, and Hoodlums also set Ugbekun Police Station, Avbiama, Benin City ablaze and prison inmates escaped a federal maximum-security prison at Oko in Benin City.

GSF MISCONDUCT

3rd Oct: A team of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police allegedly killed a young man. The incident occurred in front of Wetland Hotel, Ughelli in Delta State. The operatives allegedly shot the citizen and left the scene. [The cause of the #ENDSARS NATIONWIDE PROTEST]

3rd Oct: A policeman has been arrested for killing a 19-year old boy. The victim was shot and killed at Dutse-Apo, a slum community in Apo District.

5th Oct: Report of unlawful arrest at Urora junction, Benin City. There is potential for reprisal attacks, protest or unrest. Caution is advised in the area.

8th Oct: The Lagos State Police Command identified the police officer who allegedly shot a lady in the mouth whose video has gone viral on social media. The incident which took place at Salvation Bus Stop, Opebi, Ikeja Area of Lagos was not in any way connected to the ongoing End SARS protest in the state.

12th Oct: Police in Surulere area of Lagos said that Ilohamauzo was killed by a stray bullet from protesters who they say also shot and killed a police officer during an attack on the police station. They arrested three protesters whom they claim were responsible.

Police throwing tear gas at protesters

18th Oct: The police had tear-gassed and used water cannon on the protesters who marched from Unity Fountain toward the Force Headquarters.

18th Oct: An Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP, Mala B. Shehu, had threatened to kill a Daily Trust columnist and activist, Gimba Kakanda, after ordering his men to beat up and dehumanize him, along with others during the #EndSARS protest in Abuja.

ATTACK ON LAW ENFORCEMENT

9th Oct: Gunmen attacked a police checkpoint and shot a policeman dead in Eku community in Ethiope-East Lga of Delta State. Source said the gunmen also killed a civilian and carted away with a rifle belonging to the slain policeman during the bloody attack.

1th Oct: Unknown gunmen killed a mobile police officer at Osubi in Okpe Lga of Delta State. the area. The incident happened when the gunmen reportedly attempted to break into a popular plaza along the busy Effurun-Eku Road. The deceased was shot while attempting to stop the armed hoodlums.

15th Oct: A Mobile Policeman, Inspector Gbadura was killed at a filling station in Etuwewe junction along Deco road in Warri at about 9 pm.

ANNOUNCEMENT

4th Oct: The Inspector-General of Police banned the personnel of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other Tactical Squads of the Force from embarking on routine patrols. This IGP’s ban was contained in a statement issued by the Force, Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.

11th Oct: Nigeria Police Inspector General has announced the immediate dissolution of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad [FSARS]. According to the broadcast, all officers serving within the unit are to be redeployed with immediate effect.

12th Oct: Nigerian Police Force boss ordered all state commissioners of police to ensure no officer and other insignia of the Special Anti-robbery squad is seen in public. In the “police wireless message the state commissioners of police are to ensure “strict compliance” of the directive.

13th Oct: The Nigerian Police set up a new tactical unit to take over the responsibilities of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) with a new team to be called Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT). The Inspector-General of Police, disclosed that the police would commence the training of officers that will replace SARS.

14th Oct: The Nigerian police authorities said no officials of the now defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) will be deployed to its new tactical unit. Police spokesman said in a statement that the operations of the new Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) will be “intelligence-driven”.

14th Oct: Inspector-General of Police, has ordered police officers to stop checking citizens’ phones, and told Operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Anti Kidnapping Squad, Anti Cultism Squad and Raider in Lagos State to hand over their operational uniforms, attires and cases to the State CID, Panti.

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu

15th Oct: Nigerian army warned “subversive elements and troublemakers” to desist and offered to “support the civil authority in whatever capacity to maintain law and order.” The Nigerian army has also been implicated in human rights abuses, including the use of lethal force against peaceful protester.          

16th Oct: The Police Service Commission (PSC) penciled down 37 former operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), to be dismissed from service. The Force also ordered the prosecution of 24 other ex-operatives for various acts of professional misconduct.

18th Oct: The Inspector-General of Police confirmed that training for the newly-created Special Weapon and Tactics Team (SWAT), will begin on Monday. He also listed the qualifications of officers to be trained in the new police tactical team to replace the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

16th Oct: The websites of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Independent National Electoral Commission, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Lagos State Government, Amuwo Odofin Lga, National Broadcasting Commission NBC , DSTV and that of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission were tampered with by International hackers & Anonymous who continued the cyber campaign of # EndSars online.

18th Oct: Some armed thugs were arrested by civilians at the #EndSARS protest ground in Lekki toll gate. It was gathered that the gang had been terrorizing and robbing people when going home from the protest using a commercial bus. The suspects were beaten to a pulp before been driven to a nearby police station, following a quick intervention of a private security outfit hired by the organizers of the protest.

18th Oct: Youths protesting against police brutality in the country # EndSars and demanding a total overhaul of the police launched the online radio station known as Radio Soro Soke.

18th Oct: The Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, AYCF, National President, has refuted reports of threatening that the North would go to war over End SARS protest. The report, threatened that the North would go to war if President Muhammadu Buhari is removed by Southerners

18th Oct: Some private schools in Nigeria are temporarily shutting down academic activities, asking pupils, particularly day students to stay at home as the protest against police brutality seems not stopping immediately.

The EndSARS protesters, mostly youths who defy religious, regional, and ethnic divide are getting audaciously bold by day as they increasingly push for a reformed Police Force, while the Federal Government wants the protest stopped.