Help! The heroic story behind the #EndSARS hotline
#EndSARS helpline. Source: Stears Business

2 am, October 21st 2020

Operator: Hello, welcome to the EndSARS helpline; what's your emergency? 

Caller: I'm at the Lekki tollgate, my hands and legs are broken, there's nobody around. I had to pretend to be dead so that they won't finish me. Please help me, I don't want to die.

Operator: You won't die, we're getting an ambulance to you right away. 

The operator dropped the call and tried to find an ambulance in the Lekki-Ikoyi-Victoria Island area. None were able to get to the scene.

One ambulance in Ojuelegba, 15 kilometres away from the Lekki tollgate, agreed to help. 

The operator calls back.

Operator: Hello, an ambulance is on its way to you, please hold on.

The phone rings again.

It was the busiest night at the EndSARS helpline control room. The military had shot at peaceful protesters who were seated on the floor and singing the national

Don’t limit your understanding. Join the Premium community to continue reading.

Gbemisola Alonge

Gbemisola Alonge

Read Latest

Nigeria's aid addiction: Another poverty trap?

PREMIUM - 29 JUL 2021

What the Petroleum Industry Bill means for foreign investors

PREMIUM - 27 JUL 2021

Where is the Lagos light rail?

PREMIUM - 26 JUL 2021

Government intervention in private markets: Not a silver bullet

PREMIUM - 23 JUL 2021