“I stand with my Nigerian brothers and sisters to end police brutality, government should make people cry #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria,” West tweeted on Monday.
Using the hashtag #EndSARS on social media, international celebrities engaged Nigerians in a campaign to end police brutality in all its forms.
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.
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.