All you need to know about twitter’s trending issue #END SARS and why your favorite celebrities are also protesting.
SARS(Special Anti-Robbery Squad )is a part of the Nigerian Police Force, a branch under the Force Criminal Investigative and Intelligent Department(FCIID). The Squad was established in the year 1992 after a Nigerian Army Colonel was killed by the Police at a checkpoint in Lagos.
The Squad deals with crimes associated with firearms, armed robbery, kidnapping, car snatching, and cattle rustling. At the inception of creation, crime seemed to have declined but now, the story seemed to have changed.
From stories and videos gathered from social media, the SARS has now turned into an enemy of those they were to protect. SARS officers profile youths largely based on appearance; mount illegal roadblocks, stop and search, arrest without warrant, rape women, extort from young Nigerians for driving exotic vehicles, and using iPhones.
It is for these reasons that the Nigerian twitter community along with Celebrities like Shatta Wale, Burna Boy, Kanye West, Runtown, Joeboy, Mr. macaroni, Ozil, Rio Ferdinard, Nigerian favorite tv celeb, Tomike Alayande, amongst several other celebrities in Ghana and beyond are actively protesting against SARS.
The Five demands of the protest are
- The Immediate release of all arrested Protesters.
- Justice for all deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families
- setting up an independent body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of all reports of police misconduct(within 10 days)
- In line with the new police Act, Psychological evaluation and retraining (to be confirmed by an independent body)of all disbanded SARS officers before they can be redeployed.
- Increase Police salary so that they are adequately compensated for protecting the lives and property of citizens.
So far, the President of Nigeria has disbanded the SARS, and the Inspector General of Police in Nigeria, Mohammed Adamu announced the release of all protesters at a meeting with the National Human Rights Commission.