#EndSARS: Why the Nigerian Student must join this Movement.

End Special Anti-Robbery Squad (END SARS) is a social campaign in Nigeria opposing the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a unit of the Nigerian Police Force.The campaign started as a social media campaign using the hashtag #ENDSARS to demand for Nigeria's government to scrap and end the deployment of Nigeria Police Force Special Anti-Robbery Squad, popularly known as SARS.

Nigerians have shared stories of how members of SARS engaged in kidnapping, murder, theft, rape, torture, unlawful arrests, high-handedness, humiliation, unlawful detention, and extortion.

Background.


SARS is a branch of the Nigeria Police Force under the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID). The squad deals with crimes associated with armed robbery, car snatching, kidnapping, cattle rustling, and crimes associated to firearms. SARS officers carry guns, but do not wear Nigerian police uniforms or badges (much like similar "plainclothes" police units in other nations).

Public records indicate systematic Corruption of the FSARS Units throughout Nigeria, successive Governments have been unwilling to either reform or scrap this Unit. This may not be unconnected with the penchant of this Unit to aid electoral malpractices by "snatching" ballot boxes, voter intimidation, the kidnapping of electoral officers, maiming electorates and ensuring elections do not hold in areas deemed to be strongholds of political opponents.


Protests

Amnesty International accused the officers of SARS of detaining young Nigerians illegally and extorting money from their relations. A petition signed by 10,195 people was submitted to Nigeria's National Assembly calling for scrapping of SARS. In recent times, there has been talk of reforms of the force, instead of full disbandment.

The campaigners moved from social media to organized protests in Abuja, Lagos, Ibadan,Osun, Benin, Delta, Ilorin and Owerri, promising to continue if the government refused to disband the force

In response to the campaign, Nigeria Police Force Public Relations Officer Jimoh Moshood, accused the campaigners of being "criminals". The Inspector General of Nigeria Police Force, Ibrahim K. Idris has ordered the reform and reorganization of SARS.

The #EndSars campaign has taken off from Nigeria, and gathering supports from 

https://dailypost.ng/2020/10/09/end-sars-i-want-to-lead-protest-in-london-ex-bbnaija-star-mike/ United States and Canada.

Nigeria's Senate backed the call for scrapping SARS.

The #EndSars campaign has attracted many celebrities, prominent personalities in the world seeking and calling for the complete and total abolishment of SARS in the country. Nigeria has vowed to fight on through fighting and protesting rather than ending the say on social media. The struggle beyond social media continues. Nigerians do not want SARS anymore.

We at Campus Verve Nigeria take our stand with fellow Nigerians to put a stop to this Special Force. We urge Nigerians and Nigerian Students especially to continue with the peaceful protests and enage Twitter with the #EndSARS hashtags.

God bless Nigeria. 

Reference: Wikipedia

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