Popular Nigerian media personality and show host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu narrated on Channels Television the ordeal he had with some of his friends on November 14 2005, which was six days after he was called to the Nigerian bar and two days after his brother’s wedding.
While driving in Zone 1 area of Abuja with his friends Chisom Mbonu-Ezeoke and Ofem Ofem, an unmarked car drove and cut them off with a man in plain clothes coming out and pointing a gun at them.
His initial instinct made him to manoeuvre and speed off, which only resulted in his car being chased into an ambush laid by policemen who opened fire on them.
It was later found out that numerous robbery cases had been reported in the area where their dead bodies would have been paraded as the culprits.
Ebuka and his friends were lucky to survive that day, but not all Nigerians have been so lucky to avoid death stemming from police brutality.
On the 14th of January 2020, a police oﬃcer reportedly shot an 18-year-old student of Iman Malik Academy, identified as Hamza Umar in Yola, in Adamawa State. The incident happened at Jambutu ward of Yola North LGA when police oﬃcers on patrol went to the area to arrest some miscreants, but met stiff resistance from some protesting youth.
On the 20th of April 2020, 10-year old Usman Abdulkadir was shot by a policeman enforcing the lockdown imposed on a market in Jigawa State. His death led to a pandemonium and protests in the Sankara community under Ringim LGA.
On the 4th of May 2020, a 27-year old 500 level Law student of Nnamdi Azikiwe University was shot dead in a beer parlour by police officers.
A boy in Anambra state who was an only son of his parents was heading home from work on the 21st of May 2020 around a few minutes past 8, when men of the police force from Nimo unit chased him until he was knocked down by a moving vehicle. He was said to have died from his injuries.
On the 26th of May 2020, Tina Eze, 17, who was preparing to write her WAEC later in the year, was hit by a bullet from a reportedly drunk police oﬃcer, who shot to disperse a crowd that had gathered after he opened ﬁre at a bus driver who had refused to give him a bribe. Tina died two days after the incident sparking a wave of social media campaigns for justice.
A policeman shot and killed a 20-year old motorcycle rider in Adamawa on the 2nd of June 2020, for not paying a bribe of N100.
On the 9th of July 2020, a 27-year old man was killed by a policeman in Imo state for not wearing his face mask.
On the 3rd of October 2020, a team of SARS officers allegedly killed a young man in front a hotel in Ughelli Delta state. After killing him, they fled the scene in the car of the deceased.
On the same 3rd of October 2020, Samson John was killed by the bullets of a police officer who unleashed bullets on the people sitting in a beer parlour in Abuja.
On the 8th of October 2020, a young lady was shot in the mouth by a police officer in Lagos for protesting against SARS and police brutality.
Jimoh Isiaq, a bystander near the ongoing #EndSARS protest was killed in Ogbomoso, Oyo state by stray bullets of policemen attempting to disperse the protesters. According to an interview of his family by Punch, Jimoh was married with an infant daughter, to whom he promised to take care of and make up for the past year of neglecting his family. As one of his father’s ten children, he was learning electrician work and ready to start his own vocation when tragedy struck on his way to visit his mother. Three bullets were removed from his body when nearby protesters rushed him to the nearest Bowen hospital.
On Friday night, October 16, 2020, Chijioke Iloanya’s story was recounted by a lady during the #EndSARS candle night protest. Chijioke was 20 years in 2012 when he went for child dedication and was picked up by SARS officials who took him to their office. When his family went to look for him, they were told that he had been moved to their headquarters, upon which the mother sighted him there but the officer in charge threw them out. Upon going there again, the officer boasted that he shot Chijioke and there was nothing anyone could do about it. Other officers told the parents to bring some money that Chijioke might still be alive. However, the money brought by the dad was considered too small; so, the father sold some of his properties to raise N3 million which was considered chicken change by the SARS official in charge. To make matters worse, Chijioke’s dad was asked to look for his son’s body by turning every single corpse upside down in the river of dead bodies. The parents went to Abuja to seek justice but the State CID told them to pay money to transport other officials to the state where it happened.
On Wednesday, 21st October 2020, Oke Obi-Enadhuze, a fresh graduate of Computer Science from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta who had helped build a blood donation app for Life Bank Services, became a victim of Nigeria’s #EndSARS unrest when reportedly killed by thugs who attacked their barracks abode at Mafoloku, Oshodi area of Lagos State. His death came moments after he tweeted “Nigeria won’t end me.” A fundraiser has now been created to support his widowed mother and younger brother who lost their house due to vandalism and being set on fire, of which £26,187 had been raised out of the £85,000 goal.
Tuesday evening of October 20 2020 was tagged Black Tuesday as an unconfirmed number of #EndSARS protesters were shot at by the military all through the night at the Lekki toll gate.
As fundraising is still ongoing in different parts of the country and abroad to help the families who have lost their loved ones in this sad season and even before now, we can only hope that the death of these fallen soldiers will not be in vain and indeed Nigeria will be great again.