Nigeria and Sir protest: Kanye West and other stars speak out against police brutality

“I stand with my Nigerian brothers and sisters to end police brutality, government should make people cry #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria,” West tweeted on Monday.

Celebrities including singer Trey Songz (Real name Tremaine Alden Neverson), former professional footballer Rio Ferdinand And “Star Wars” actor John will sow Among those supporting the dissolution of a controversial police unit in the West African nation are those.
Protests erupted in cities in Nigeria after weeks of online uproar by youngsters across the country over claims of kidnapping, harassment and extortion by a police unit known as the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS). The Inspector General of Police announced on Sunday that the unit was being disbanded and protests continued after its officers were re-appointed.

Using the hashtag #EndSARS on social media, international celebrities engaged Nigerians in a campaign to end police brutality in all its forms.

“Police brutality in America is often a misuse of race-induced power. It is unimaginable to brutally sabotage, murder and murder by our own people. Prayers and I am researching ways I can help. #India . ” Trey Songz tweeted Saturday.
Similarly, American gospel singer Kirk Franklin released a message of support on Instagram, using a photo of one of the Nigerian protesters: “For 20 years, Nigeria stood with me, now I stand with you. #Endarsnow . “

Anti migrant

Over the weekend, the Nigerian expatriate community also protested in solidarity with their counterparts at home.

On Sunday, #EndSARS Protests took place in Canada, England, Germany and the United States.

One of the protesters in London, Fakhriyah Hashim, told CNN that the protest was intended to encourage the migrant community in England to financially support the protesters in Nigeria so that they could carry out their protests.

Afrobite stars Wizkid (real name Iodeji Balogun) and Mr Eazy (real name Oluwatosin Ajinkade) also joined the London protests.

Mr. Izzy addressed the crowd with a microphone, stating that he was personally stopped and harassed by SARS officers. In a video watched by CNN, he said, “If we continue to live comfortably in our homes, we allow people to speak up and say that it doesn’t affect them.”

The protesters chanted “End Sars” on Sunday and Monday. On Queen Street in Toronto, Canada.

Blessing Timidi Digha, one of the protesters present on both days, CNN reported that the protesters’ demands included brutal justice by the police unit, reforms in police and an end to all forms of police brutality.

Digha said, “We look forward to sharing our personal experiences at the hands of SARS and the police, to join our colleagues back home in demanding the dignity of Nigerian life.”

Lagos state spokesman Muivah Adjobi said that all complaints against its officials are carefully investigated and appropriate sanctions are imposed for criminals. Adejobi said that many people do not report abuse because they fear they may not get justice. He encouraged those affected by police misconduct to report it.

Dissolution of SARS

Protests were going on in various parts of the world on Sunday, with the Inspector General of Police of Nigeria, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, announcing that the SARS was being disbanded.

But as protests continued in Lagos, Abuja and Kawada on Monday, young Nigerians said they would continue to hit the streets until the entire police force was reformed.

“This is just the beginning !! We have won our fight for #ENDSARS .. Reform Nigerian Police now !! #Indian cruelty! We deserve good governance! #Indolicebrutality” Wizkid tweeted on Sunday.

Ayobami Akimbo, who participated in the protests in the Nigerian capital Abuja, agreed. “It’s not enough to dismantle that unit and repatriate them to other locations,” he told CNN. “What we want is for the end of the unit, and an investigation is to be conducted into the operation of the SARS unit.”

Akimbo said that officers should be trained to engage with civilians to reduce vandalism with people.

Addressing Nigerians In a video on monday, President Muhammadu Buhari said that the dissolution of the SARS is “the first step of our commitment to comprehensive police reform.”
He said that every police officer responsible for wrongdoings would be Brought to justice.


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