By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
#EndSARS protesters on Friday shut down Abeokuta the Ogun State capital and some major cities like Sago Ota, Ijebu-Ode and Sagamu to further protest against police brutality.
As early as 6.30am, the angry youths laid siege at strategic locations and prevented the free flow of vehicular movements in Abeokuta particularly along NNPC- Abiola way and Kuto -Okemosan road.
In their Thousands, the protesters took over the road singing solidarity songs and calling on the Federal government for a permanent stop to the Police brutality in the country.
NN particularly noticed a Hip Hop artist, Kizz Daniel among other celebrities who participated in the protest while it was also observed that no police officer was in attendance.
Some of the inscriptions on their placards read “Our voices must be heard”; “SARS Na Fraudster#EndSARS”; “No More Audio Ban”; “Say No to Police Brutality”; “Iphone no be gun. “
Speaking with Journalists one of the protesters, Wisdom Ogbona said “It is something that is well known now that the excesses of these officers have become too much that we can’t even walk as free man on the street. Everybody tends to be a criminal and it shouldn’t be that way. We youths are tired of this, we have been tagged lazy Nigerian youths but all we want now is to live our lives.
“We don’t want them at all. If they are to be in the force they should change their mindsets, they should counsel them that is what we want.
When asked if SARS operatives are the problem in Nigeria, he responded, “maybe we have to start from somewhere because this is leading us to where we want to be. The leadership is a problem but if don’t start with these people (SARS), they won’t know that we have the energy, we have what it takes to take them out of that place. When we are done with the SARS, we will be heading thing.”
A veteran Nollywood actor, Yemi Sodium said, “What we are seeing today and indeed for the past few days is the result of not paying attention to a whole generation. You cannot continue to do the same thing the same way over a long period of time and expect a different result. These young ones are asking for a paradigm shift and whether we like it or not, we have to listen to them.”