#ENDSARS protesters continued their nationwide protest yesterday as they entered into the eight day of the protest insisting that if SWAT should be allowed to exist, only graduates should be recruited into the unit, and that no member of the disbanded SARS should be recruited, as the creation of SWAT was not part of their initial demands for reform.
Recalled that The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, in a statement on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 announced that a new unit which is the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team has been created to replace the disbanded Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) following the nationwide protests against the extra-judicial activities of the group that escalated over the past few years. Protesters still took to the street on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 to express their dissatisfaction over the creation of SWAT insisting on Holistic Police Reform.
The protest grounded more cities yesterday in spite of attacks on them by some hoodlums. In Lagos, the protesters gathered in different parts of the state even the heavy rain couldn’t stop them, One of the leaders of the protests Mr. Japheth Omojuwa, said part of their demands is that the government should identify and arrest the officers who shot and killed innocent protesters and that, that if SWAT should be allowed to exist, only graduates should be recruited into the unit, and that no member of the disbanded SARS should be recruited.
Some hoodlums attempted to hijack the protest and turn it violent at the Alausa area of the state, but they were arrested after which they confessed to have been paid by an unnamed person to disrupt the protest.