Despite the disbandment of SARS and the announcement by the Inspector General of Police of a new Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit, protests still continued nationwide on Wednesday.
This is as many Nigerians called for a total reform of the police and an end to police brutality and extra-judicial killings with a new hashtag #EndSWAT.
The protest follows the decision of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to set up a new unit called the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, to replace the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Unit (SARS).
According to the protesters, the agitation continues because the decision to immediately replace SARS operatives with SWAT is hasty and unpremeditated.
“All hashtags remain valid towards the struggle. Be vigilant. This is about all of us. We are all in pains right now but don’t let those we have lost die in vain. I saw the SWAT thing. Hasty. But will address,” #EndSARS convener, Segun Awosanya, popularly known as Segalinks tweeted on Tuesday morning.
At the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, some of the protesters can be seen chanting songs of solidarity and demonstrating despite the early morning rain.
In Abuja, there were reports of an altercation between some #EndSARS protesters and some #ProSARS protesters leading to a lot of damaged properties.
In a video trending online, no less than 10 cars, believed to belong to members of the #EndSARS movement, had their windows and windshield shattered by people believed to be thugs.