BY Kingsley Izejiobi, Port Harcourt
Hundreds of youths from all walks of life have taken part in a candle light procession to mark the one year memorial of endsars protest in Port Harcourt the Rivers State capital.
The youths who spoke to Radio Nigeria during the procession, lamented that one year after the endsars protest, not much has been achieved as regards the call to ending police brutality against the citizenry.
The youths who carried out their procession under the strict supervision of the men of Rivers State Command of the Nigeria police force displayed various inscription like “we need an end to bad government”, “police too need help”, “no protester will die in vain under our watch” among others.
A civil society activist Mr. Enefa Georgewill who spoke at the memorial procession noted that endsars has become slang for calling for an end to bad government at all levels.
He expressed displeasure that one year after the endsars protest, police brutality has continued unabated.
“when we say endsars, we are saying that there is need for an end to bad government, we are saying that Nigeria’s economy must be industrialized, and there must be jobs for the Nigerian youths”
One of the victims of police brutality Mr. Bright Nwabueze while narrating his ordeal in the hands of the police, lamented that one year after the institution of the panel of inquiry on police brutality, no compensation has been paid as promised.
“the panel has ruled that compensations should be paid to us but since Novembers last year, we have not seen anything. All I want is justice”
Another victim of police brutality and one of the popular Ikeokwu 4 Mr. Ifeanyichukwu Onyekwere said he came out for the procession to join the call for through reformation of the nation’s police force and other security agencies.
The candle light procession which was accompanied with loud music also saw the youths displaying the national flag as a sign of their believe in the unity and greatness of the country.