Prison Breaks and Torched Police Stations in #EndSARS Uprising in Nigeria

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In the uprising that began with the call for the abolition of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) police force in Nigeria, revolutionaries have burned police stations, government buildings and banks across the country. Revolutionaries have also taken actions allowing prisoners to escape to freedom in the states of Ondo and Delta.

The High Court on Lagos island was also set ablaze on Wednesday.

Goods that had been confiscated by the court were expropriated, and the blaze lasted long into the night.

A major Nigerian TV station with links to a ruling party politician was also torched, while the palace of the most senior traditional leader in Lagos was ransacked.

Militants defy curfew, attack banks, Aba town hall

Despite the 24 hours curfew ordered by the Abia State government, EndSARS militants on Wednesday, set ablaze the Aba town hall housing the secretariat of the Aba South council.

The officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), a paramilitary group, had fled before the arrival of the protesters.

Militants also attacked threes first generation bank as well as a mall at Etche road area of the city.

The revolutionaries had on Tuesday, razed the Dragons Squad police station and killed two policemen at the facility. They had earlier attacked the Eziama police station along Aba- Ikot Ekpene road.

The protesters defied a 24 hour curfew, marching through Asa- Aba main Motor Park from where they broke into the gate of the Aba town hall and set it on fire. Even several police roadblocks mounted around major roads in the city, and backed by soldiers, could not stop the militants from torching public buildings. The traffic police control post in most areas of the city were destroyed.

Two police stations; Ekeaba and Kpiri Kpiri police divisions were on Tuesday burnt down by revolutionaries in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital.

The militants who were over 600 in number, chanting war songs, and were moving from one location to another.

Policemen had on hearing of their coming fled the two stations for fear of attack.

Militants set on fire the headquarters of Television Continental, TVC, Lagos Concession Company, LCC, at Lekki, Lagos BRT Terminus at Oyingbo, corporate head office of Nigerian Pots Authority, NPA, and palace of the Oba of Lagos, HRH Rilwan Akiolu II, among others.

Igando police station burnt, policeman killed

In Lagos, revolutionaries attacked and burnt down Igando Police station, killing a policeman.

Another policeman, said to be the station officer was beaten to a pulp and abandoned to die. Also attacked were Makinde and Ajah police stations as well as Ejigbo Local Council Development Area. The attacks were in vengeance for the murder of at least 12 protesters by security personnel Tuesday night at the Lekki toll gate.

The station officer was attacked with planks. One of the pigs who shot at revolutionaries was descended on by the militants and beaten to death. Other policemen fled. Consequently, the combatants rushed into the station and carted away electronics and other valuables.

Makinde police station attacked

At Makinde division, the revolutionaries struck, forcing the policemen to flee. It was learned that calls for back-up from other divisions yielded no response, as the militant youth pounced on some of the policemen, invaded the station and carted away their weapons and uniforms. Three new generation banks were also attacked by the militants.

Curfew defied in Imo, police stations burnt

In Imo State, some pro-EndSARs protesters on Wednesday burnt down some police stations, despite the 24-hour curfew imposed by the state government. The affected police stations include Nworieubi Police Station in Mbaitoli Local Government Area, Orji Divisional Police Station in Owerri North local government area as well as Njaba local government area. Also, the Umuguma Divisional Police Station in Owerri West Local Government Area and other police stations were attacked by the protesters.

Ondo: APC, PDP offices, SARS office burnt, prison break

In Akure, Ondo State, revolutionaries invaded the secretariat of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and set it ablaze. This came barely hours after the Ondo State secretariat of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, was also razed. Two vehicles were equally set ablaze by the militants. The office of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, was also torched in the state capital. The PDP state secretariat located at Alagbaka in Akure metropolis was set ablaze by no fewer than 50 militants.

Militants on Thursday broke into Okitipupa correctional centre in Ondo State, setting prisoners free.

No fewer than 58 prisoners were released during the attack.

One vehicle was burnt and several items were destroyed during the attack.

Recall that protesters around Kings Square in Benin City, the capital city of Edo State broke the walls of the headquarters of the Nigeria Correctional Centre (Nigeria prisons in Benin) on October 19.

Prison Break At Okere Prison In Warri, Delta State

A prison break has been reported at the correctional centre in Warri, commercial nerve of Delta state as revolutionaries invaded the prison, with a number of prisoners escaping from the facility.

The attack by militants gave prisoners the opportunity to scale the prison fence and escape to freedom.

A section of the prison where the prisoners’ documents are kept was razed down by prison rebels.

The outer part of the prison building was also set ablaze by the militants.

Revolutionaries in Nigeria are taking courageous actions against the forces of oppression. Armed resistance aimed at police forces and actions allowing imprisoned people to escape to freedom are inspiring for struggles around the world. Anarchists and abolitionists should take actions to demonstrate international solidarity with the uprising in Nigeria.