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Keyamo Reacts Following Death of Personal Driver


The Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo, on Wednesday, October 14, lamented the death of his driver, Yohanna Shankuk, during an attack by thugs on #EndSARS protesters in Abuja.

Festus Keyamo
Festus Keyamo

Keyamo made this disclosure via his Twitter handle, @fkeyamo, on Thursday morning.

He said the driver died at Berger roundabout, Abuja.

On how he died, Keyamo wrote, “I regret to announce that my driver, Mr. Yohanna Shankuk, died yesterday in Abuja as a result of the protests.

“A vehicle that saw advancing protesters at Berger roundabout, made a U-turn, took the one-way back and ran over him as he was making his way on foot to my private office.”

Meanwhile, the sustained #EndSARS protests which entered its 7th day on Wednesday, October 14, have triggered speculations that the Federal Government might shut down the internet.

The InfoStride had reported that the agitations of the #EndSARS protesters led to the eventual dissolution of the feared Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS).

Equally important, the genesis of the #EndSARS protests was a video of a fatal police shooting of a Nigerian man. The video sparked outrage and reignited a public call for the total dissolution of the controversial police unit.

Furthermore, the video caused large numbers of Nigerians including celebrities, politicians and activists calling for justice; using hashtags such as #WarOnSARS, #EndSARS and #SarsAlert or #SARSMUSTEND.

With celebrities adding their voice to the #EndSARS campaign; it jumped to the top of the global trend on Twitter and drew international support from celebrities and soccer stars like Kanye West, Trey Songz, Mesut Ozil; as well as Marcus Rashford.

Nigeria’s superstars, Wizkid and Falz have also been physically present in London and Abuja protests.

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Social media has played a very crucial role in the protests against the police; fueled by years of repeated experiences of police abuses and videos of brutal incidents; including the beating of civilians and the firing of live ammunition at protesters.


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