“You are a leader, you are a leader, you are a leader,” the protesters said of the police officer.
The ongoing protest against police brutality by Nigerian youth in Abuja, the country’s capital city, took a lighter mood when the protesters celebrated a police officer.
Our reporter, who was at the scene, noticed a sudden shift in attention of the protesters to the other side of the road where an elderly woman, most likely in her fifties, engaged in a heated argument with one of the protesters.
The woman was surrounded in no time by the protesters who challenged the woman for shouting at one of them.
The officer with his service pistol strapped against his trousers whisked the woman in her native cream-coloured attire away from the fuming protesters.
Having successfully flagged down a cab, which speedily drove the woman from the scene, the protesters, in return, lifted the police officer into the air, singing “you are a leader, you are a leader, you are a leader.”
The officer carefully coordinated the protesters back to the main road where he implored them to continue their peaceful protest.
PREMIUM TIMES was able to capture the moment in an amateur video.
The unnamed officer, in essence, exhibited a trait many of the protesters said is lacking in many Nigerian security operatives, one of the reasons for the #EndSARS campaign in many cities across the country.
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