“I don’t go to work each day to pay SARS officers #ENDPOLICEIMPUNITY” is likely one of the many messages that jumps at us after we see hardworking youths strolling on the streets to protest an finish to the Particular Anti-robbery Squad.
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For years, the Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS), a unit within the Nigerian police power has been identified to publicly harass civilians whereas discharging their duties throughout Nigeria. To call their acts of inappropriateness – ‘harassment’, solely sugar coats the weightiness of the harm they’ve brought on in society. They illegally extort and search by private belongings and devices of Nigerians beneath the guise of sniffing criminals out. This follows with very violent and gory penalties if their requests usually are not met.
On account of these, the youth who’ve fallen sufferer or know individuals who have fallen sufferer of this menace have taken it upon themselves to request for a disbandment of the particular squad. What started as a hashtag – #ENDSARS – has now advanced to protests each offline and on-line.
To propel the attain and efficacy of the protests, Nigerians from completely different walks of life have supplied each materials and ethical help both individually or collectively. One in every of such commendable efforts is the general public fundraiser managed by the feminist coalition (a girls’s coalition group) which began with a mini fundraise by the Flutterwave platform.
The general public fundraiser spearheaded by this group goals at offering provides for protesters and catering for the medical payments of these injured in the course of the protest. This fundraising co-supervised by Feyikemi Abudu, a member of the feminist coalition, has since raised over N20 million which features a N1million donation from members of the Paystack workforce. A part of the funds has been disbursed adequately beneath the administration of the feminist coalition group because the wants come up.
The #EndSARS protests are a very long time coming. The grievances main as much as this second have been each heartbreaking and outrageous. Because the youth of Nigeria unite to decry police brutality and put an finish to indiscriminate harassment of harmless residents, all fingers are welcome on deck. The proactiveness of everybody, together with associations and teams such because the feminist coalition, will drive house the message and yield the change we demand.