The protest in Nigeria is picturizing a fatal and devastating situation of the state. Nowadays, as we know, many young people are protesting in Nigeria against the brutality and injustice by SARS on the people.
Never forget the #EndSARS protests was very peaceful!!!
The “hoodlums” attacked peaceful protesters & were allowed to have free days to kill, destroy & loot people’s property while security agencies stood on the sidelines & watched. pic.twitter.com/ahfbCmSnXo
— EiE Nigeria (@EiENigeria) November 10, 2020
At the starting of the 1990s, police mastery set up the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Lagos to tackle armed burglary in the town and its conurbation. Later SARS set off as the part of Nigeria’s federal police master, planned to combat armed culprits. However, the section or the unit started controlling in the absence of any type of accountability and usually occupied in the contravention of the rights of the human.
After a deep investigation of sufferer confirmed reports, it claimed that many officers of SARS are invoked in utmost cruelty including kidnapping and ill-treatment. No one took any notice of the complaints that were against them.
The reason behind the protest
Since 2017 youth has been calmly protesting against SARS. Whereas in 2018, the federal government of Nigeria established a cabinet to look over the complaints against SARS. The result of the cabinet was not satisfying and at the same time, SARS’ officers faced no repercussion for their cruel steps.
The reaction of music star Burna Boy
Music star Burna boy told the sky news in London two weeks later after the protest began. Burna told that “Nigeria’s protests against police brutality are the most important moment in the country’s history. It is shocking when you see it happen in that place, in such a place, that was the landmark of everything.”
A publication by an organization in 2020 shows that from January 2017 to May 2020, about 82 cases of abuses and extrajudicial killing by SARS have been recorded.
According to the report of Amnesty International, it is proven that SARS is accountable for all the cruelty and killing of victims in the custody.
Timeline of events from October 3rd to October 22nd
On the 3rd of October, protests are provoked by a populated video reportedly displaying the murdering of a young man by SARS officers in the South Delta State. However, it was claimed that the video was fake.
On the 8th of October, many protests started in the major cities of Nigeria against the murder of young people on the 3rd of October.
On the 21st of October, Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari guaranteed justice for the victims of cruelty.
On the 22nd of October, the chairman of the African union commission heartily condemned the ghastly brutality in the biggest city of Nigeria and called all the political parties for liberty dialogue.
The reaction of the UN
High Commissioner for Human Rights of UN Michelle Bachelet urges that “Nigerian authorities to take urgent steps to deal decisively with the underlying problem of persistent violations committed by the security forces.”
Moussa Faki Mahamat in his office said that he heartily condemns the brutality that happened on the 20th of October 2020 during protests in Lagos, Nigeria that has caused many deaths and injuries.
The protest in Nigeria is continuing to harm the economy of Nigeria. This is because these protests lead to the shutdown of the economy and at the same time have a very bad impact on businesses.
As we know protests are in progress in many cities and at the same time, entire Twitter is filled with the trend in the favor of protests. One of the hashtags is ENDSARS. All social media is filled with the news of the Nigerian protest.
Resident Chinwendu madubuike
The measure of demolition is horrific. He also added that Lagos is our land. And the demolition of properties and the flaring of shops had made us very unpleased. We have to clean all the mess and reconstruct what had been demolished.
The town was put under a curfew of 24 hours in the middle of the protest on Saturday 7th of November 2020. On the other hand, the other curfew of 24 hours was imposed in the southwest state of Osun to do an agreement with the fracas.
Tweet of the Nigerian police
The police force of Nigeria tweeted on Saturday that the investigation General of police, Mr Adam commanded the officers to use all the legitimate means to halt a further slide into lawlessness.
According to the police, a gang attack in Abuja on Monday and Tuesday killed at least 8 people. Since the night of Tuesday, Lagos and some other parts of the country have been burnt and all the centres of shopping were looted.
Besides this, a large number of government leaders said that a judiciary committee of inquiry has been set up to find the policemen who are accused of abuses.