The Nigerians youth are been desperate to EndSARS by the ongoing protests in the country over police brutality.
From what they have been doing with the youths is unspeakable, there is a man name Osas Osaretin in Abuja, Nigeria – he left his home in Abuja in June last year to buy groceries, but Osas could not have imagined the ordeal that would follow.
He explained further, as he drove towards Wuse, a busy market in the Nigerian Capital, the 21-year-old was flagged down by three operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) for what he thought was a routine check of his vehicle documents.
They order him to step out and asked for his telephone, and started shouting at him, he resisted and tried to explain to them that i did no wrong and questioned why they want to look at my phone contacts.
“One of the officers behind me slapped me so hard and forcefully collected the phone. They requested for the phone pin at gunpoint and began to read my messages.”
Those SARS accused him of advance-fee fraud against him because of some WhatsApp messages he had exchanged with a friend who lived abroad.
His parents had to pay 300,000 naira ($783) before he was released after four days in detention.
But Nigerians have accused the notorious police unit of harassment, unlawful arrests, torture and even killings.
Anger mounted this week after a video showing the alleged killing of a man by an officer in the southern Delta state was widely shared online.
The Police denied the video, but protesters across Nigeria has took to the streets for several days to demand an end to police brutality.
Mohammed Adamu said, protests by citizens remain a legitimate means for airing their concerns and views. It must, however, be carried out with all sense of responsibility and within the confines of the law.
Protesters holding placards, gathered under a major bridge in Abuja’s Berge area, in the latest demonstration against police violence.
Resident Amara Nwankpa said he “wanted to speak up and show up for all the victims of police brutality and SARS atrocities, many of who can’t speak for themselves because they are dead”.
“SARS have for long been harassing Nigerian youths for lifestyles like driving cars, owning laptops, carrying dreadlocks, which they believe to be criminal.” said by Lawrence, 21, a teacher at private school in Abuja.
There are so many cases about them as they misbehaved in the country like no one can stop them…
Many have also been taking to social media to share their stories of abuse using the #EndSARS and #EndSARSProtest hashtags. Footballers, musicians and other celebrities have also supported the online campaign.
The Nigria President Muhammadu Buhari said on Friday that he had met Adamu and appealed for “Patience and calm”.
Buhari posted on his Twitter page saying…
“Our determination to reform the police should never be in doubt. I am being briefed regularly on the reform efforts ongoing to end police brutality and unethical conduct, and ensure that the Police are fully accountable to the people,”
“The IG already has my firm instructions to conclusively address the concerns of Nigerians regarding these excesses, and ensure erring personnel are brought to justice.”