Thousands of youths have taken to the streets in Nigeria in the past week after a video showing a man being brutally killed by the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the southern Delta state went viral. This incident was just the latest in a long line of atrocities committed by SARS which include incidences of “unlawful arrest, torture and even murder.” The protestors calling for an end to SARS and police reform were met with police brutality, tear gas, and water sprayed from water cannons. While Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu has said that SARS will be disbanded, this same promise has been made five times before since 2015. SARS has continued to abuse Nigerian men, women and youth in the years since. Furthermore, Adamu added that all SARS officers will simply be moved to other police units. In the words of the executive director of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, “Nigerians want accountability [for] those officers who have murdered, who have brutalized Nigerians. Disbanding the unit without taking sanctions against those who perpetrated these acts, it means that when they are transferred to another unit, they could replicate the atrocities.”
Texas is home to the largest diaspora community of Nigerians in the United States, and on October 14 about 200 people living in Houston came out to the Wazobia African Market & Kitchen to march and spread awareness of police brutality in Nigeria as part of the movement to End SARS.
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