Nigerians, including celebrities, thronged the tollgate in Lekki, Lagos, and other parts of the country on Wednesday to mark the #EndSARS memorial.

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It was one year after the #EndSARS protest of October 20, 2020, that climaxed with a crackdown by security agencies.

Falz, a rapper, and Mr Macaroni led a drive-thru procession through the Lekki tollgate where army operatives had opened fire on unarmed protesters last year.

At the procession, Lagos police arrested some persons while it also fired tear gas at the protest scene.

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Falz at Lekki tollgate procession

Mr Macaroni had announced a summit where the aftermath of the shooting was to be discussed.

The event would later be cancelled after Macaroni alleged that the state government had intimidated owners of the event centre where the summit was to be held.

“It is impossible for us not to memorialize our fallen heroes. We will never ever forget. Innocent Nigerian citizens waved flags and sang till they were shot at, injured, and killed,” the comedian said.

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“We must never forget. We’re rolling up in cars tomorrow to drive through the tollgate. We know their way, so a procession of cars is the safest option to minimize police harassment. We will stay in our vehicles throughout.

“We have rides for people that need. Each and everyone’s safety is very important so please let’s move together.”

At the procession, Falz could be seen charging from inside his vehicle while holding up a mini flag.

He also vowed to ensure the swift release of those arrested after the police fired tear gas at the protest ground.

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“It’s very emotional seeing that so many people are here coming to memorialize our heroes,” the rapper said.

There was also Tiwa Savage who released a protest song on the occasion, fueling the drive of the protesters.

Sodiq Yusuf, a Nigerian singer better known as CDQ, and Charly Boy, the singer, also joined the protesters.

#EndSARSMemorial: Charly Boy turns up as CDQ urges protesters against face-off with police (video)
Charly Boy turns up as CDQ urges protesters against face-off with police

Other celebrities who weren’t at the scene also waded in via social media, including DJ Switch, the disc jockey.

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Switch, who condemned the attack on protesters by the police, said: “Through all the government’s antics, lies, counter-protesters, and thugs that were sent to attack us.

“We stood our ground! When the Nigerian government exhausted all its poorly planned tactics. They unleashed nothing short of evil on its citizens.

“I’ve not been able to talk today. And I cannot imagine what others who had it worse, feel! I am so proud of our young generation of leaders and our celebrities that have shown great leadership.”

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