Biafra!! ‘The Dream Nnamdi Kanu Taps Into Is Similar To The One That Propelled #EndSARS’
Aloy Ejimakor, the Special Counsel to Biafra political activist, Nnamdi Kanu, and the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has opined that the goal of his client, Nnamdi Kanu, is a similar dream to the one that propelled #EndSARS protests’.
Recall that on Saturday 3 October 2020, a video showing a Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) police officer shooting a young Nigerian in front of Wetland Hotel, Ughelli, Delta State trended on the Internet. It was alleged that the police officers took away the young man’s vehicle – a Lexus SUV.
The trending video caused a public outcry on social media, especially on Twitter, with the #ENDSARS hashtag trending. This time, it attracted massive international attention.
Just as the END SARS trend began on Twitter, on Monday 5 October 2020, another report surfaced of SARS officers killing a 20-year-old upcoming musician named Daniel Chibuike, popularly called Sleek in his neighborhood.
Sleek was said to be sitting in front of a hotel with a friend when the SARS officers approached them, prompting them to flee.
According to an eyewitness, the SARS men pursued the pair, shouting “thief”, before shooting Sleek as they ran through a supermarket.
His friend was arrested.
On Thursday 8 October 2020, nationwide protests on END SARS started after weeks of outrage and anger with videos and pictures showing police brutality, harassment, and extortion in Nigeria.
The protests were led predominantly by young Nigerians in different cities alongside many activists and celebrities.
Nigeria Police Force disrupted the protests in some cities, throwing teargas and using water cannons.
Hoodlums too hijacked the process in major parts of Nigeria. Fatalities were recorded among both the Nigerian security agents and civilians.
By Wednesday, 14 October 2020, the End SARS protests were still ongoing with young people in different parts of Nigeria intensifying their calls for reforms and accountability in police operations. They as well demanded better governance.
In response to the public outcry on police brutality, the Inspector-General of Nigeria Police dissolved SARS on October 11.
Tensions rose and the climax of the demonstration was on October 20, when the infamous Lekki shooting incident was recorded in Lagos.
Ejimakor via his known Twitter handle on Sunday identified with Kanu’s ambition. The legal practitioner referenced a line from a 2017 publication from UK’s Telegraph.
“The dream Kanu taps into has never quite gone away, and if there was a peaceful referendum on independence, it would probably get carried”
(Nels Abbey, The Telegraph)
— aloy ejimakor (@AloyEjimakor) November 15, 2020
THE NGOZI MEDIA understands that self-exiled Kanu and the outlawed IPOB aim to restore an independent state of Biafra in the former Eastern Region of Nigeria through an independence referendum