The Special Anti- Robbery Squad(SARS) was set up in 1992 to reduce the level of armed robbery in Nigeria. However since 2014 they began to derail from their initial goal with logged widespread human rights allegations against SARS.
The #EndSARS hashtag dates back to at least 2017, when people began using it online to share their experiences of violence and assault at the hands of SARS. This most recent protest was launched by an October 8 viral video which allegedly showed SARS officers killing a young man in one of the country’s southern states. The man who filmed it was later arrested, leading to more outrage from citizens. Since the beginning of October, Nigerians have taken to the streets to protest police brutality in their country. Young people in particular are mobilizing in major Nigerian cities, calling for the abolition of the SARS special police task force that has been operating for more than two decades. The task force, which is under government jurisdiction, has been accused of inflicting severe human rights violations on its citizens. And people have had enough.
In addition to protesting police brutality, demonstrators are also speaking out against Nigeria’s bad governance, an example being poor educational opportunities for citizens. So why am I writing about this? This is a blog because #EndSARS is not a trend, neither are all of the other movements that occur in the world. So I hope to educate others regarding this matter.✊🏾
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