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What’s the #EndSars motion in Nigeria?

On Tuesday evening, pictures bombarded social websites of a panicked crowd escaping gunshots at Lagos, Nigeria.

Amnesty International said in a statement they had received”credible evidence” that peaceful protestors were taken, while witnesses have informed Euronews that security forces had opened fire, hitting several demonstrators in the Lekki toll gate.

Video footage from the scene showed protestors sitting around the floor and signing the national anthem before the shooting.

Demonstrators were protesting for 12 successive days against the police unit called Particular Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The drive, set up in 1992, was accused of police brutality and targeting youthful Nigerians.

Amnesty International has recorded at 82 instances of torture, ill-treatment, and extra-judicial implementation by SARS involving January 2017 and May 2020.

EndSars has been trending throughout the world over the last couple of weeks with mounting global support for the demonstrators.