Nigerian singer and activist, Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana and Instagram comedian, Mr Macaroni, have reacted after the Landmark Event Centre, cancelled its venue for #EndSARS summit.
Mr Macaroni and Falz are among the prominent activists billed to speak at the panel holding on October 20 in Lagos.
The event, marking a year after the shooting of protesters at the Lekki toll gate, is themed the ‘Soro Soke Summit’.
Organisers of the summit had earlier secured the venue to host a memorial in commemoration of one year since the historic #EndSARS protests against police brutality and rights abuses.
The event will now be held at the Lekki Toll Plaza, where soldiers actually opened fire on protesting youths on October 20, 2020, organisers say.
The event, which was scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, will be focused on four topics per session.
Those to speak at the summit are Femi Falana, a rights activist; Usman Alkali Baba, the inspector-general of police (IGP); and Shina Peller, a member of the House of Representatives, among others.
Mr Macaroni, Aisha Yesufu, and Falz were known for their vocalness at the peak of the protest back in 2020.
Reacting to the news, Falz took to his Instagram and wrote; “20:10:20 [update] They killed innocent souls that were simply asking not to be killed or brutalized.
Falz in his post said innocent people were killed just because they were asking not to be killed or brutalized”. He said it has been over a year since the unfortunate incident and no one has been punished for the crime.
“A year later, no one has been punished yet for those heinous crimes. A supposed Police Commisioner “warned” against citizens exercising their fundamental human rights. Yes a Police Commisioner.
“A couple of well-meaning citizens decided to put together a summit to reflect on last year’s events & honour the lost souls. Event centre pulls out (“instructions from above”)