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Nigerian government urges #EndSARS movement to shelve the planned protests at Lekki Toll Gate

February 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A graffiti is writing on a barricade (NO MORE SARS) at the Lekki toll gate as the Lagos Panel Of Inquiry Visits Lekki Toll Gate on October 30, 2020, scene for inspection and to make more findings concerning the shooting which occurred on October 20, 2020, hearing of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution set up by the Lagos State government to look into allegations of brutality and highhandedness by personnel of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), the panel visit the scene for inspection and to make more findings concerning the shooting which occurred on October 20, 2020. (Photo by Olukayode Jaiyeola/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Nigerian government has urged sympathizers of the #EndSARS movement to shelve plans for renewed protests at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos.

Abuja, Nigeria (CNN)The Nigerian government has urged sympathizers of the #EndSARS movement to shelve plans for renewed protests at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos.

The toll plaza, situated in the affluent Lekki neighborhood, was the scene of a fatal shooting of unarmed protesters by Nigerian soldiers on October 20.

The facility had been shut since the night of the shooting, but a judicial panel -- set up by authorities to investigate reports of police brutality and the violent crackdown of #EndSARS protesters by the army -- recently voted for its reopening.

At a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, the minister said Nigeria was still reeling from the shocks of the #EndSARS protests, which spiraled into widespread violence, resulting in the destruction of both private and public assets.

The federal government "will not allow the kind of violence that was perpetrated across the country under the guise of the #EndSARS last October," he said.

Waves of "#ENDSARS" protesters took to the streets in cities and towns across Nigeria in October, calling for the disbandment of the country's controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and an end to police brutality.

"At this time, the chances that any peaceful protest will be hijacked are very high," Mohammed said, adding that even though citizens are constitutionally allowed to partake in peaceful protests, there are no guarantees that Saturday's procession would be peaceful.

"The Nigerian government must ensure that when protesters exercise their right to freedom of assembly, it must be without fear of harassment or attacks by hoodlums or others opposed to the protests," Amnesty International Nigeria said in a statement Friday.

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