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Nigeria May Shut Down Internet As #EndSARS Protests Continue - The Guardian by weyreypey: 4:05pm On Oct 14
With Nigerians not backing down on protests for the reform of the police force and total disbandment of the Special Anti- Robbery Squad(SARS), there are speculations that the government might shut down the internet.

Six days ago, a video of a fatal police shooting of a Nigerian man, sparked outrage and reignited a public call for the total dissolution of the controversial police unit in the country.

The video caused large numbers of Nigerians including celebrities, politicians, and activists calling for justice using hashtags such as #WarOnSars, #EndSars, and #SarsAlert #SARSMUSTEND.

With celebrities adding their voice to the #EndSARS campaign, it jumped to the top of global trend on Twitter and drew international support from celebrities and soccer stars like Kanye West, Trey Songs, Mesut Ozil and Marcus Rashford.

Nigeria’s superstars, Wizkid and Falz who are also part of this generation of protesters, have been physically present in London and Abuja protests.

The protests against the police have largely been organized on social media, fuelled by citizens sharing their experiences of police abuses and videos of brutal incidents, including the beating of civilians and the firing of live ammunition at protesters.

The campaign moved from social media to the streets of Nigeria, with protesters demanding an end to the rogue police unit and a wholesome police reform.

However, the protesters are not relenting despite the dissolution of the notorious police squad but have continued to protest noting the government’s ineffectual promises of police reforms and investigations in the past.

The campaigners have also been able to organise funds to cater to their welfares during protest using digital payment platforms.

But there are now speculations that the Nigerian government may to shut the protesters up by shutting down the internet since surreptitious move to divide the protesters have failed.

Active protesters on and off social media have said unknown numbers have been calling to threaten them to back off.

Moreover, Feminist Coalition, a pro-#EndSARS women group, said its bank account has been deactivated.

“For demanding an end to police brutality we are now under attack,” the group said on Twitter on Tuesday.

Nigerians are however speculating that the government in order to mute the campaign may clampdown on social media like its counterparts in other African countries have done in the past.

For instance, Chad shut down the internet in early 2018 despite the international media campaigns against the deliberate clamp down on free speech in the landlocked African country.

“Chad is among the worst states in the world regarding respect of digital rights,” Internet Without Borders said in December 2018.

But Chad is not the only African country where the government’s censorship of digital rights was used to stifle freedom of speech.

Between 2016 and 2018, the authorities in South Sudan, Cameroon, Ethiopia, and Somalia also shut down the internet in their respective countries.

While Zimbabwe, Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo have forced internet shutdown in 2019, Tanzania, Uganda, and a host of North African countries have stringent subsisting rules for the use of social media and digital publishing.

Nigeria almost moved in that direction in 2019 as law that sought to punish individuals behind certain social media posts which was proposed to the Nigerian Senate in 2017 passed first reading.

Massive media backlash prevented lawmakers from passing the bill into law.

Campaigners also argued that the #EndSARS was missing on trend table on Twitter despite thousands of people tweeting the hashtag.

Some of them said the government may have tampered with the hashtag. That belief led to the birth of #SARSMustEnd.

Paradigm Initiatives media and program manager Adegoke Adeboye said it is not “impossible” for the Nigerian Government to shut down the internet but hoped it will not get to that point.

“The government’s response to the protest has been double-faced, “ Adegoke said.

“While saying all the nice things openly, it is secretly attacking private businesses that has lent their platforms to support the protest.”

He said the clampdown on Flutterwave might be the first step to mute the active participation of citizens in the protest.

“We all know the role that the Internet is playing in the protest and we can already imagine that someone has proposed this to the government,” Adegoke said.

Adegoke further stated that it is better Nigerians are prepared than to be caught unawares.

“In April last year, PIN developed some guidelines to help citizens stay online should the government shut down the internet.”

“The guides are still relevant and we are also working with some of our partners to specifically help Nigerians stay online should the government shut down the internet. The digital rights community are therefore envisaging this already.”

https://m.guardian.ng/news/nigeria-may-shut-down-internet-as-endsars-protests-continue/

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Re: Nigeria May Shut Down Internet As #EndSARS Protests Continue - The Guardian by weyreypey: 4:05pm On Oct 14
shocked
Re: Nigeria May Shut Down Internet As #EndSARS Protests Continue - The Guardian by chriskosherbal(m): 4:05pm On Oct 14
Really, on what ground..there is no going back on end SARS protest.


Together we stand

Together our voice will be heard.


#endsars.

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Re: Nigeria May Shut Down Internet As #EndSARS Protests Continue - The Guardian by pacino26(m): 4:07pm On Oct 14
E clear

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Re: Nigeria May Shut Down Internet As #EndSARS Protests Continue - The Guardian by sholikay(m): 4:07pm On Oct 14
kai!.. egun gun don finally enter express oooo....

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Re: Nigeria May Shut Down Internet As #EndSARS Protests Continue - The Guardian by sodiqapril(m): 4:09pm On Oct 14
These people are idiots ...the youths organised protested, made arrangements for food and drinks, raincoats in case it rains, sleeping bags, medicals attention, there is free legal services for anyone arrested illegally for peaceful protests..the federal government blocked the account for the protest, within 24 hrs, a bitcoin account was opened and it already has over 1m..they probably think we are in the stone age if they block internet, we will use VPN and it will surely end it tears for them...our demands are not much stop attacking innocent protesters, sack the IG, compensate the family of everyone that died at the hands of animals I'm uniform, prosecute erring officers, let them stop moving around unidentified with AK-47 we no Dy Syria, lastly improve the welfare of the Police also..they are peoples families also..if not

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Re: Nigeria May Shut Down Internet As #EndSARS Protests Continue - The Guardian by TecM0: 4:10pm On Oct 14
Take away access to internet, and you might create more and more protest

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Re: Nigeria May Shut Down Internet As #EndSARS Protests Continue - The Guardian by Kingnutts(m): 4:18pm On Oct 14
We saying the govt is heartless, but if this happens then they're stupid at that.. Not only that they'll lose billions daily, the youth tweeting will be out on the street protesting which will eventually turn riot, if not for the constant twitter reminder that the protest should be 'PEACEFUL' eeh.. This cultism of a thing turned most of our Youths n teenagers heartless long time ago. E no sure for any uniform if e turn fight.. it's gotten to the stage of naked protesting, I don't think they know how far they've gone.. make dem no play rough play ooh, I no fit dey hide again like say na sharia law we dey fight

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Re: Nigeria May Shut Down Internet As #EndSARS Protests Continue - The Guardian by thesicilian: 4:20pm On Oct 14
That's the worst thing that could happen at this time

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Re: Nigeria May Shut Down Internet As #EndSARS Protests Continue - The Guardian by Kingnutts(m): 4:21pm On Oct 14
thesicilian:
That's the worst thing that could happen at this time

leave d old man let him make another mistake.. shebi he never SHOCK reach

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Re: Nigeria May Shut Down Internet As #EndSARS Protests Continue - The Guardian by thesicilian: 4:24pm On Oct 14
Kingnutts:


leave d old man let him make another mistake.. shebi he never SHOCK reach
Lol. They don't know that internet is even the only thing that is stopping many people from physically joining the protests.

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Re: Nigeria May Shut Down Internet As #EndSARS Protests Continue - The Guardian by AllTheWayUp: 4:24pm On Oct 14
grin grin grin
This government is confused

The moment they shutdown internet, the massive protests that will erupt all over the country will lead to full blown revolution.

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Re: Nigeria May Shut Down Internet As #EndSARS Protests Continue - The Guardian by DoctorMugu(m): 4:25pm On Oct 14
shocked nawao
Re: Nigeria May Shut Down Internet As #EndSARS Protests Continue - The Guardian by Rugaria: 4:26pm On Oct 14
Wahala dey sleep, inyanga wan go wake am..

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Re: Nigeria May Shut Down Internet As #EndSARS Protests Continue - The Guardian by Olatunji1929: 4:26pm On Oct 14
it will end in tear for buhari and his senseless aids

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Re: Nigeria May Shut Down Internet As #EndSARS Protests Continue - The Guardian by NoshakingGod(f): 4:30pm On Oct 14
Is this the only thing Buhari can think of?

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Re: Nigeria May Shut Down Internet As #EndSARS Protests Continue - The Guardian by SLAP44: 4:30pm On Oct 14
Time to stop talking on computers and start talking with hands.

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Re: Nigeria May Shut Down Internet As #EndSARS Protests Continue - The Guardian by Ikea81: 4:31pm On Oct 14
Imake them try am. Is there is one thing the youths values pass food na internet. The protest go turn riot

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Re: Nigeria May Shut Down Internet As #EndSARS Protests Continue - The Guardian by GAZZUZZ(m): 4:34pm On Oct 14
It would be a sad development .

They try it, I will join protest in full force.


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Re: Nigeria May Shut Down Internet As #EndSARS Protests Continue - The Guardian by sinkhole: 4:34pm On Oct 14
Wike banned protest and then the protest actually happened and he himself had to join!
This government should learn embarassed

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Re: Nigeria May Shut Down Internet As #EndSARS Protests Continue - The Guardian by Yahksbiz(m): 4:39pm On Oct 14
this is what I am looking for...... what will move some lazy men out of their house including some tweter lords

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Re: Nigeria May Shut Down Internet As #EndSARS Protests Continue - The Guardian by DaBullIT(m): 4:44pm On Oct 14
Even people in North Korea still manage to use internet

VPN, proxy everything dey grin

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Re: Nigeria May Shut Down Internet As #EndSARS Protests Continue - The Guardian by slivertongue: 4:45pm On Oct 14
this may lead to #endNigeria

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Re: Nigeria May Shut Down Internet As #EndSARS Protests Continue - The Guardian by possibility99: 4:47pm On Oct 14
VPN dey

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Re: Nigeria May Shut Down Internet As #EndSARS Protests Continue - The Guardian by fryoobest(m): 4:47pm On Oct 14
Nonsense

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Re: Nigeria May Shut Down Internet As #EndSARS Protests Continue - The Guardian by rummmy: 5:11pm On Oct 14
That will bring the real revolution..........

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Re: Nigeria May Shut Down Internet As #EndSARS Protests Continue - The Guardian by byinks(f): 5:13pm On Oct 14
thesicilian:
That's the worst thing that could happen at this time

It will affect POS ATM and crypto.

Destruction of the old economy for a digital one

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Re: Nigeria May Shut Down Internet As #EndSARS Protests Continue - The Guardian by Karlovich: 5:15pm On Oct 14
It will only worsen the situation, when you spend years oppressing people its bound to backfire, the monsters have been created. The FG will be forced to yield to their demands now.

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Re: Nigeria May Shut Down Internet As #EndSARS Protests Continue - The Guardian by MyMouth(m): 5:20pm On Oct 14
Many of us are home reading updates on the internet, take it away and we all pour out to the streets!

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