The EndSARS protest against police brutality sustained its momentum in Lagos on Monday as the protesters marched out in their numbers across the city as Businesses were shut down in Ikeja, Egbeda, Iyana Ipaja, Festac Town, and other parts of Lagos.
At the Muritala Mohammed International Airport, a number of passengers missed their flights as the protest paralyzed activities and disrupted traffic along the Ikeja, Oshodi and Airport Road routes. Some passengers were stuck in traffic, while those already around the Ikeja axis carried their luggages on their heads and on motorcycles to avoid missing their flights.
Meanwhile, physical bank transactions were hampered as some banks shut their branches, while schools hurriedly ended their classes and sent pupils and students home.
The protest, which began with a humble gathering of Nigerians over a week ago, campaigning against the excesses of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Police Force in Lagos, has steadily evolved into a scope with the focus now shifted to demand for better governance, youth development and education reforms, reduction in cost of governance as well as constitutional, public office, health and institutional reforms.
In Lagos, the commercial base of Africa’s largest economy, activities were grounded to a halt by young Nigerians, with road blocks on roads leading into local and international airports.
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