Up to 102 died in EndSARS protests, Nigerian police chief says


At least 102 people died in last month’s #EndSARS protests across Nigeria, staged by youths who campaigned against brutality and extortion by operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu said on Wednesday.

The police chief gave the figure at a meeting with state governors and regional leaders of some southern Nigeria states in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

About 37 policemen were among those killed and 196 people were seriously injured, Adamu added.

These latest figures, which are higher than previous numbers announced by officials, have not been independently verified.

It is also not clear if these figures include those believed to have been killed when the army opened fire on unarmed protesters in the wealthy Lagos suburb of Lekki.

The inspector-general also said that 136 police rifles were stolen during the period.

EndSars protesters took to the streets across Nigeria for nearly two weeks calling for the scrapping of a notorious police unit over alleged abuses.

Adamu however said, the primary objective of the protest was to affect regime change. (Source: BBC)