Quick one on The next EndSARS protests

Cheta Nwanze
1 min readMay 18, 2023

This video was shot by a Twitter user, Adebowale Afolabi, at Abule Egba, one of the many not-so-upscale parts of Lagos. It shows the Nigerian Police beating up a civilian and stealing his motorcycle.

There honestly isn’t much else to add but to point out that the longest sustained protests in post-independence Nigeria were the EndSARS protests of 2020. They were peaceful and were eventually put down brutally, but the government. It was a very similar video that sparked those protests.

People got angry over something illegal, protested peacefully, and were shot by their own government. As far as I know, and I stand to be corrected, no one has been brought to justice for the shame in Ughelli, which precipitated the 2020 protests, nor the massacre that ended it. As of the time of typing this, six days after Mr Afolabi’s video, the police have said nothing.

People are watching and taking notes. We will have another protest against police brutality in this country, and when it happens, the protesters will not be restrained. They have no reason to be.

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Cheta Nwanze

Using big data to understand West Africa one country (or is it region?) at a time.