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Falz dedicates new song ‘Johnny’ to ‘EndSARS’ massacres

attends the 2016 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

Nigerian artist Falz has dedicated the visuals of his single ‘Johnny’ to lives lost during the ENDSARs protest.

He highlighted the after-effects of the protest in the video.

Some youth across Nigeria on October 8, 2020, began a peaceful protest against police brutality.

The protests started with a call to reform the Special Armed Robbery Squad (SARS) of Nigeria.

The police unit was formed to deal with robbery, motor vehicle theft, kidnapping, cattle rustling, and firearms.

But some officers within the unit began using the office to extort money from the youth.

The rapper born Folarin Falana said it was disturbing to see the message of a song he wrote and released almost two years ago still relevant.

“We will never allow them to downplay or misrepresent the gravity of their atrocities. We must get justice,” Falz wrote in an Instagram post.

He dedicated the song to the lives lost during the shooting at the Lekki toll gate where thousands of people had gathered to protest.

The video first shows Falz in an all-white outfit laying “dead” on the ground. He also puts into the video clips of people who were hurt or died on that fateful Tuesday evening.

“We will never forget the heroes that have been unlawfully slain. This is for them. For every single Nigerian life snatched away unlawfully, we must make sure we get justice.”

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