Lagos. Protesters took to the streets of Lagos, the country’s largest city, on Saturday, where protests against police brutality increased.
More than 10,000 protesters blocked roads, paralyzing the economic center, often full of vehicular traffic.
Many protesters brandished the green and white Nigerian flag as they blocked a major stretch of road leading to the city of 20 million people.
Anger over the abuses of the infamous Special Brigade Against Corruption (SARS) erupted in widespread demonstrations last week, forcing the government to disband it,
The massive demonstrations have increased despite the announcement of a series of reforms by the authorities.
The wave of protests is the largest display of popular power in years in Africa’s most populous nation.
On Saturday night a gigantic crowd gathered at a tollbooth that became the epicenter of protests in Lagos to hold a vigil for those killed by police brutality.
Protesters held their cell phone lights up as they demanded accountability after decades of widespread abuse by law enforcement.
The Nigerian authorities have established a new unit to replace SARS and have pledged that the officers who committed abuses will not return.