By our reporter/ Celebrities and youths on Wednesday held a memorial car procession at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos State.
The parade took place amid heavy security presence to commemorate the one year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that led to the disbandment of the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police.
Many young Nigerians, alongside rapper Falz and comedian Mr Macaroni filled up several cars and buses, blaring horns as they drove through the toll plaza as early as 8am.
While the parade was in progress, officials of the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) passed vehicles to ensure a free flow of traffic.
Some of the protesters were, however, arrested by security operatives and one of the arrested persons told journalists that the police have not learnt their lessons.
“I did not do anything,” said the young man before his arrest. “They beat me, they collected my phone, they took my money; the police have not learnt their lessons.”
The arrested persons were later taken into a waiting truck of the Lagos State Task Force, after which the vehicle zoomed off.
As the event continued, the number of youths at the venue grew while others came down from their cars, chanting solidarity songs.
Ahead of the anniversary, police authorities in Lagos had threatened to resist any form of protest and arrest anyone taking part in it.
This led to the decision of the youths to organise a memorial procession rather than a protest, although they maintained the call for an end to police brutality.