Operatives of the Nigerian Police on Wednesday fired teargas canisters at the Lekki tollgate to disperse #EndSARS campaigners.
This comes as the protesters in various vehicles flooded the Lekki tollgate despite the heavy police presence.
SaharaReporters observed that the campaigners, in several vehicles, held on to the Nigerian flag and chanted #EndSARS while driving past the stationed police vehicles.
The organisers of the #EndSARS anniversary protests in Lagos had on Tuesday said they would embark on a two-hour car procession through the Lekki Tollgate.
Two of the organisers — Folarin Falana and Adebowale Adedayo — had also lent their voice to the protests via social media posts.
Nigerian rapper, Falana, more commonly Falz, and Adedayo, a comedian known as Mr Macaroni, used their various platforms to share fliers about the programme billed to hold between 8 am and 10 am, explaining that the decision was to prevent security forces from harassing participants.
A text on the flyer reads: “In memory of the lives lost on 20-10-20, there would be a memorial car procession on Wednesday 20, October 2021 taking place at the Lekki toll gate by 8am to 10am.
”We should all endeavour to stay in our vehicles all throughout the procession and also in groups for safety reasons. Please ensure to arrive on time so we can proceed in unity together.”
One of the organisers on Tuesday said, “This is an advisory for designated locations in Nigeria for #EndSARS Commemoration and Memorials for Wednesday, October 20, 2021.”