Hot exchanges, mayhem, attacks at Berger Roundabout
BY VICTOR OSOWOCHI, ABUJA – The protest march by #EndSARS movement turned bloody in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Wednesday as rival groups went after the campaigners in what obviously proved a no holds barred showdown.
The latest development is coming about 72 hours after the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, announced the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on Sunday, October 11, 2020.
The protesters had used their vehicles to block motorists at the popular Berger roundabout in the Abuja metropolis with chants of “End police brutality” before they were attacked by other groups against the campaign.
Things thereafter went awry as several persons were injured and vehicles vandalised in the pandemonium that broke out.
The new groups’ emergence on the scene led to chaos as people scampered for safety while some die-hards tried defending themselves against the invaders.
According to eyewitness reports, the invading groups attacked the protesters with sticks, clubs and machetes, destroying vehicles, business wares and anything on their path.
The ugly development paralysed human and vehicular traffic around the area while most small business owners folded up their wares and ran for their dear lives.
In their numbers, some of the protesters sought to resist the intruders while most motorists were seen making urgent U-turns to escape being caught in the web of the spiralling crisis.
There was tension across the nation’s capital as most popular vehicular routes became no go areas for motorists as well as pedestrians
Unfortunately, the ugly situation proved too hot to handle for the armed policemen and other security agents who were seen around in their combat ready outfits