Will Deploying Nigerian Army Quell or Escalate #EndSARS Protests?

As the #EndSARS protests gather momentum, the army has warned that they will act against "subversive elements" and "troublemakers" to restore order, after more than a week of protests against police brutality. The army's statements have raised fears of possible deployment of troops to quell the #EndSARS protests which have largely been peaceful. Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has said the training for the new police tactical team, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) has commenced. This is despite the ongoing nationwide protests that led to the dissolution of the dreaded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and rejection of the newly- formed replacement, SWAT.

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A protester stands on a police structure in Ikeja, capital of Lagos state, during #EndSARS demonstrations on October 11, 2020. Ayodeji Adegoroye (@ayodeji_dodo)/Twitter

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