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Nigerians To Keep Up #endsars Pressure -ALJAZERA by nairalandankrah: 7:52pm On Oct 11, 2020
‘We need justice’: Nigerians to keep up #EndSARS pressure
Despite disbanding of notorious police unit, activists find redeployment of its officers ‘problematic’ and vow to continue protesting.

Abuja, Nigeria – Nigerian protesters have promised to keep up their campaign seeking justice for victims of police brutality and an overhaul of the security apparatus, even as authorities announced the immediate disbanding of a notorious anti-robbery unit that has long been accused of grave human rights abuses.

Sparked by the alleged killing of a man by an officer in southern Nigeria, thousands of people this week took to the streets across the country to demand the complete abolition of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Many more used the #EndSARS hashtag online to share stories alleging extortion, torture, disappearances and even murders at the hands of members of the unit.


After days of angry protests, Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu said in a statement on Sunday SARS had been dissolved “in response to the yearnings of the Nigerian people”.

He added, however, all SARS officers would be redeployed to other police units.

‘Problematic’
Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, executive director of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, welcomed the dissolution of the unit but said the announcement “fell short of the expectations of Nigerians”.

Nigerians want accountability [for] those officers who have murdered, who have brutalised Nigerians,” he told Al Jazeera. “Disbanding the unit without taking sanctions against those who perpetrated these acts, it means that when they are transferred to another unit, they could replicate the same atrocities.”

Describing the redeployment of officers as “problematic”, Abuja-based lawyer Abdul Mahmud said what was needed was “root-and-branch” reform.

“The psyche of our police officers is built on working outside the law. We will continue to demand respect for the rights of citizens,” he told Al Jazeera.

“The police have to return itself to constitutionalism; step up the training of its officers and ensure that the issue of discipline of erring officers is handled transparently,” Mahmud said. “We have been on this for 10 years.”




Hours after the police chief’s announcement, there were reports of protesters being arrested, while a handful of demonstrators in Abuja were forcefully dislodged with water cannons by police officers.

“They are saying one thing and another thing is happening on the streets. We do not believe they have been disbanded,” Chioma Agwuebo, a protester in the capital, told Al Jazeera.

You cannot announce that you have disbanded SARS but on the streets of Abuja my brothers and sisters are getting tear-gassed. People are getting injured, women are getting beaten up. That’s not how you disband SARS,” she said, adding that demonstrators will continue their campaign “until we see a disbandment that goes beyond a statement”.

She continued: “We need to see justice for everyone who has been killed. Who are these officers? Prosecute them.”

In his statement, Adamu said the Nigerian police force would work with human rights groups and civil society organisations to investigate cases of alleged human rights violations.

“A new policing arrangement to address anticipated policing gaps the dissolution of SARS would cause has been evolved and shall be announced in due course,” he added.

‘Now they know we have a voice’
The announcement instantly sparked a flood of reactions on social media.

“The proscribing of SARS is a victory in the right direction – though this wouldn’t be the first time this has happened. However, we believe with the camaraderie exhibited by Nigerians and the silent majority, this would be the last of such an unruly unit of law enforcement,” Senator Ben Murray-Bruce said on Twitter.




Afrobeats star Wizkid said this was “just the beginning”.

“Now they know we have a voice! And we the youths understand the power we have. We shall continue to speak up about other pressing issues/police brutality and good governance!”


SOURCE : AL JAZEERA
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/10/11/mixed-reactions-trail-dissolution-of-nigeria-police-unit

Re: Nigerians To Keep Up #endsars Pressure -ALJAZERA by myBraine: 7:57pm On Oct 11, 2020
Finally, the protesters have brought us to limelight.

In a negative way though but who cares
Re: Nigerians To Keep Up #endsars Pressure -ALJAZERA by inoki247: 8:07pm On Oct 11, 2020
okay
Re: Nigerians To Keep Up #endsars Pressure -ALJAZERA by blacknp(m): 8:15pm On Oct 11, 2020
myBraine:
Finally, the protesters have brought us to limelight.

In a negative way though but who cares
Funny people but no protest against cultism amongst the youths, stealing of public funds, Reno is the leader of a section of protest, even Denziani took part in the sars must go UK?
Re: Nigerians To Keep Up #endsars Pressure -ALJAZERA by Mgbadike80: 8:26pm On Oct 11, 2020
If this is true, then nothing short of #revolutionnow would save this country, but, i wouldn't believe this until proven true.
Re: Nigerians To Keep Up #endsars Pressure -ALJAZERA by valentineuwakwe(m): 8:43pm On Oct 11, 2020
The coming weeks will determine if the statement is true or false!
Re: Nigerians To Keep Up #endsars Pressure -ALJAZERA by vinceyinnovation: 8:47pm On Oct 11, 2020
Aljazeera?
Re: Nigerians To Keep Up #endsars Pressure -ALJAZERA by Bkayyy: 8:49pm On Oct 11, 2020
RUNTOWN is the real Odogwu.
Finishing what the great Revolutionist Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu started.
https://www.premiumtimesng.com/entertainment/419202-endsars-falz-runtown-lead-protest-in-lagos.html

Re: Nigerians To Keep Up #endsars Pressure -ALJAZERA by donbachi(m): 9:06pm On Oct 11, 2020
They should shift to fuel hike and poor power supply.
Re: Nigerians To Keep Up #endsars Pressure -ALJAZERA by Nobody: 9:32pm On Oct 11, 2020
An end has come to all unreasonable government policies
Re: Nigerians To Keep Up #endsars Pressure -ALJAZERA by amakadlite(f): 9:37pm On Oct 11, 2020
everything is in bad shape, increased cyber fraud as a result of high rate unemployment and bad economic policies and environment. 2023 is damn too fear
Re: Nigerians To Keep Up #endsars Pressure -ALJAZERA by NaijaRoyalty(m): 9:42pm On Oct 11, 2020
All the victims of Sars brutality must get justice or we keep protesting till everywhere burst .
Re: Nigerians To Keep Up #endsars Pressure -ALJAZERA by Racoon(m): 9:47pm On Oct 11, 2020
The EndSARS campaign bear almost same similatitude to the June-12 riots.There is power in unity.
Re: Nigerians To Keep Up #endsars Pressure -ALJAZERA by fineboynl(m): 9:54pm On Oct 11, 2020
history will also repeat it self. the same sars have been rebranded for more than 4 times now starting from the previous IGP.

the sars team should not remain in the police. a new recruit platform of some level of minimium requirements. 90k of the current sars are criminals, abuse of power and other illiterate tout straight out from the markets and thuggery work.

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