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EndSARS – The Horrifying Account a Month Later

EndSARS – The Horrifying Account a Month Later

“End SARS, End SARS Now”. These were the words loudly chanted by Nigerian youths across the country as they Marched peacefully on the streets of Lagos, Africa’s most populous city and other major cities including Abuja, the nation’s capital. 

SARS

SARS

The movement started on twitter with millions of tweets by young Nigerians narrating personal stories of their horrific encounters with SARS, and it gained traction in no time.

The Special Anti-Robbery Squad notoriously know as SARS was created in 1992 with the core mandate of tackling the problem of violent crime, banditry and kidnapping across the country. Unfortunately, since its inception they have done nothing but intimidate, abuse, extort, harass, and even murder innocent Nigerians.

The Crux of the Problem

ENDSARS

To worsen matters, the anonymity of the unit has made it even harder for the perpetrators of these crimes to be identified and held accountable for their unjust actions. SARS usually targets people between the ages of 17 and 30. But frankly, anyone could be a victim, from bus drivers to start-up founders to even the kids of the rich – no one is safe.

Imagine living in a country where your ripped jeans could cost you your life. Well, welcome to the life of Nigerian youths. Young men with dreadlocks, tattoos, piercings, flashy cars or expensive gadgets are often accused of being fraudsters and targeted by SARS.

History of SARS Disbandment

EndSARS

This is not the first time that Nigerians have called for the disbandment of SARS to end the severe human rights violations carried out by the squad. While previous cries have been ignored, the youths have had enough and they are adamant about seeing visible change this time. [1]

In an attempt to calm the youths and end the protests the Nigerian government announced that it had dismantled SARS for the fourth time. Not long after, they announced the creation of a new group called Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT).

Nigerian youths were not impressed with this hurried decision and insisted that their demands go beyond a mere change of nomenclature.  What they want has been articulated in a five-point demand which includes – the immediate release of all arrested protesters, justice and compensation for the victims of police brutality, the investigation and arraignment of the officers responsible for these heinous crimes, psychological evaluation and retraining of SARS operatives and the adequate remuneration of the police force.

The Lekki Massacre

Lekki Massacre

While Nigeria went on 24 Hours curfew for 4 days starting 20th October, 12:00 PM, on the very night, at about 6:50 PM members of the Nigerian Army opened fire on peaceful End SARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos and claimed 12 lives. A day after the incident, on the 21 October, the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-olu, initially denied reports of any loss of lives, but later admitted in an interview with CNN that two persons were killed. [2]

The Nigerian Army whose officers were the principal actors in the shooting initially denied that the shooting ever happened and that none of its officers were ever at the toll gate, that the video footages of its officers shooting into the crowd were ‘photoshopped’.

A week later, however, the Nigerian Army admitted that it had deployed soldiers to the toll gate on the orders of the governor of Lagos State. The governor tweeted the next day that “It is imperative to explain that no governor controls the rules of engagement of the army.” His tweet was taken to mean that he had not made any such orders.

They need Support

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Until the Nigerian government shows genuine commitment in addressing the many valid concerns that have been expressed about how the police operate, these protests which appear to be properly structured and incredibly organized will continue.

For a group that is often referred to as lazy, the Nigerian youths have outdone themselves. The #EndSars movement has greatly inspired the many who lost faith in the possibility of new Nigeria.

Overall, the #EndSARS protest should be a wake-up call for Nigerian leaders to focus more on policies that address the valid concerns of its teeming youth population, many of whom are very well educated but either unemployed or underemployed. [3]

Whilst no issue is greater than another, we should all support the Nigerian state and stand with them in solidarity against their fight with its government and its brutality. All we cherish has slipped away. It is slipping away. It will slip away. Not until, one way or the other, you carry a placard under the sun fighting for your right. Not until when old scars never run dry: because history is keeping itself.

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity”

Martin luther king jr.

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Nigerian youths were not impressed with this hurried decision and insisted that their demands go beyond a mere change of nomenclature.  What they want has been articulated in a five-point demand which includes – the immediate release of all arrested protesters, justice and compensation for the victims of police brutality, the investigation and arraignment of the officers responsible for these heinous crimes, psychological evaluation and retraining of EndSARS operatives and the adequate remuneration of the police force.

Nigerian youths were not impressed with this hurried decision and insisted that their demands go beyond a mere change of nomenclature.  What they want has been articulated in a five-point demand which includes – the immediate release of all arrested protesters, justice and compensation for the victims of police brutality, the investigation and arraignment of the officers responsible for these heinous crimes, psychological evaluation and retraining of EndSARS operatives and the adequate remuneration of the police force.

Nigerian youths were not impressed with this hurried decision and insisted that their demands go beyond a mere change of nomenclature.  What they want has been articulated in a five-point demand which includes – the immediate release of all arrested protesters, justice and compensation for the victims of police brutality, the investigation and arraignment of the officers responsible for these heinous crimes, psychological evaluation and retraining of EndSARS operatives and the adequate remuneration of the police force.

Nigerian youths were not impressed with this hurried decision and insisted that their demands go beyond a mere change of nomenclature.  What they want has been articulated in a five-point demand which includes – the immediate release of all arrested protesters, justice and compensation for the victims of police brutality, the investigation and arraignment of the officers responsible for these heinous crimes, psychological evaluation and retraining of EndSARS operatives and the adequate remuneration of the police force.

Nigerian youths were not impressed with this hurried decision and insisted that their demands go beyond a mere change of nomenclature.  What they want has been articulated in a five-point demand which includes – the immediate release of all arrested protesters, justice and compensation for the victims of police brutality, the investigation and arraignment of the officers responsible for these heinous crimes, psychological evaluation and retraining of EndSARS operatives and the adequate remuneration of the police force.

Nigerian youths were not impressed with this hurried decision and insisted that their demands go beyond a mere change of nomenclature.  What they want has been articulated in a five-point demand which includes – the immediate release of all arrested protesters, justice and compensation for the victims of police brutality, the investigation and arraignment of the officers responsible for these heinous crimes, psychological evaluation and retraining of EndSARS operatives and the adequate remuneration of the police force.

Nigerian youths were not impressed with this hurried decision and insisted that their demands go beyond a mere change of nomenclature.  What they want has been articulated in a five-point demand which includes – the immediate release of all arrested protesters, justice and compensation for the victims of police brutality, the investigation and arraignment of the officers responsible for these heinous crimes, psychological evaluation and retraining of EndSARS operatives and the adequate remuneration of the police force.

Nigerian youths were not impressed with this hurried decision and insisted that their demands go beyond a mere change of nomenclature.  What they want has been articulated in a five-point demand which includes – the immediate release of all arrested protesters, justice and compensation for the victims of police brutality, the investigation and arraignment of the officers responsible for these heinous crimes, psychological evaluation and retraining of EndSARS operatives and the adequate remuneration of the police force.

Nigerian youths were not impressed with this hurried decision and insisted that their demands go beyond a mere change of nomenclature.  What they want has been articulated in a five-point demand which includes – the immediate release of all arrested protesters, justice and compensation for the victims of police brutality, the investigation and arraignment of the officers responsible for these heinous crimes, psychological evaluation and retraining of EndSARS operatives and the adequate remuneration of the police force.

Nigerian youths were not impressed with this hurried decision and insisted that their demands go beyond a mere change of nomenclature.  What they want has been articulated in a five-point demand which includes – the immediate release of all arrested protesters, justice and compensation for the victims of police brutality, the investigation and arraignment of the officers responsible for these heinous crimes, psychological evaluation and retraining of EndSARS operatives and the adequate remuneration of the police force.

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Nigerian youths were not impressed with this hurried decision and insisted that their demands go beyond a mere change of nomenclature.  What they want has been articulated in a five-point demand which includes – the immediate release of all arrested protesters, justice and compensation for the victims of police brutality, the investigation and arraignment of the officers responsible for these heinous crimes, psychological evaluation and retraining of EndSARS operatives and the adequate remuneration of the police force.

Nigerian youths were not impressed with this hurried decision and insisted that their demands go beyond a mere change of nomenclature.  What they want has been articulated in a five-point demand which includes – the immediate release of all arrested protesters, justice and compensation for the victims of police brutality, the investigation and arraignment of the officers responsible for these heinous crimes, psychological evaluation and retraining of EndSARS operatives and the adequate remuneration of the police force.

Nigerian youths were not impressed with this hurried decision and insisted that their demands go beyond a mere change of nomenclature.  What they want has been articulated in a five-point demand which includes – the immediate release of all arrested protesters, justice and compensation for the victims of police brutality, the investigation and arraignment of the officers responsible for these heinous crimes, psychological evaluation and retraining of EndSARS operatives and the adequate remuneration of the police force.

Nigerian youths were not impressed with this hurried decision and insisted that their demands go beyond a mere change of nomenclature.  What they want has been articulated in a five-point demand which includes – the immediate release of all arrested protesters, justice and compensation for the victims of police brutality, the investigation and arraignment of the officers responsible for these heinous crimes, psychological evaluation and retraining of EndSARS operatives and the adequate remuneration of the police force.

Nigerian youths were not impressed with this hurried decision and insisted that their demands go beyond a mere change of nomenclature.  What they want has been articulated in a five-point demand which includes – the immediate release of all arrested protesters, justice and compensation for the victims of police brutality, the investigation and arraignment of the officers responsible for these heinous crimes, psychological evaluation and retraining of EndSARS operatives and the adequate remuneration of the police force.

Nigerian youths were not impressed with this hurried decision and insisted that their demands go beyond a mere change of nomenclature.  What they want has been articulated in a five-point demand which includes – the immediate release of all arrested protesters, justice and compensation for the victims of police brutality, the investigation and arraignment of the officers responsible for these heinous crimes, psychological evaluation and retraining of EndSARS operatives and the adequate remuneration of the police force.

Nigerian youths were not impressed with this hurried decision and insisted that their demands go beyond a mere change of nomenclature.  What they want has been articulated in a five-point demand which includes – the immediate release of all arrested protesters, justice and compensation for the victims of police brutality, the investigation and arraignment of the officers responsible for these heinous crimes, psychological evaluation and retraining of EndSARS operatives and the adequate remuneration of the police force.

Nigerian youths were not impressed with this hurried decision and insisted that their demands go beyond a mere change of nomenclature.  What they want has been articulated in a five-point demand which includes – the immediate release of all arrested protesters, justice and compensation for the victims of police brutality, the investigation and arraignment of the officers responsible for these heinous crimes, psychological evaluation and retraining of EndSARS operatives and the adequate remuneration of the police force.

Nigerian youths were not impressed with this hurried decision and insisted that their demands go beyond a mere change of nomenclature.  What they want has been articulated in a five-point demand which includes – the immediate release of all arrested protesters, justice and compensation for the victims of police brutality, the investigation and arraignment of the officers responsible for these heinous crimes, psychological evaluation and retraining of EndSARS operatives and the adequate remuneration of the police force.

Nigerian youths were not impressed with this hurried decision and insisted that their demands go beyond a mere change of nomenclature.  What they want has been articulated in a five-point demand which includes – the immediate release of all arrested protesters, justice and compensation for the victims of police brutality, the investigation and arraignment of the officers responsible for these heinous crimes, psychological evaluation and retraining of EndSARS operatives and the adequate remuneration of the police force.

Nigerian youths were not impressed with this hurried decision and insisted that their demands go beyond a mere change of nomenclature.  What they want has been articulated in a five-point demand which includes – the immediate release of all arrested protesters, justice and compensation for the victims of police brutality, the investigation and arraignment of the officers responsible for these heinous crimes, psychological evaluation and retraining of EndSARS operatives and the adequate remuneration of the police force.

Nigerian youths were not impressed with this hurried decision and insisted that their demands go beyond a mere change of nomenclature.  What they want has been articulated in a five-point demand which includes – the immediate release of all arrested protesters, justice and compensation for the victims of police brutality, the investigation and arraignment of the officers responsible for these heinous crimes, psychological evaluation and retraining of EndSARS operatives and the adequate remuneration of the police force.

Nigerian youths were not impressed with this hurried decision and insisted that their demands go beyond a mere change of nomenclature.  What they want has been articulated in a five-point demand which includes – the immediate release of all arrested protesters, justice and compensation for the victims of police brutality, the investigation and arraignment of the officers responsible for these heinous crimes, psychological evaluation and retraining of EndSARS operatives and the adequate remuneration of the police force.

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