Policing Draws Massive Protests In Nigeria

Protest against the extrajudicial killings by SARS in Nigeria
William Anderson
October 19, 2020

We can’t seem to escape some global problems. Even in Nigeria, which has the largest Black population in the world, police brutality is an issue. Nigerians have been rising up to protest the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). SARS spells trouble for many reasons.

SARS is supposed to be tasked with fighting violent crime, but just like plenty of other police forces, they themselves are the violence! SARS is known for its brutality and abuse, as well as committing the crimes it’s supposed to be stopping. Now the people are making a powerful demand.

People rose up and took to the streets demanding the abolition of SARS. And just like in the USA, a debate played out over whether to reform or ABOLISH this corrupt force! People have been killed protesting, and the force has been “disbanded.” But it’s still not over.

People claim to have witnessed the force still being active even though it’s supposedly been removed. As happens with many reformist solutions, the problem continues, only in a different way. President Buhari of Nigeria is being called on to meet the people’s demands.

Many want the president to pass an executive order officially abolishing SARS. The cause has caught the attention of celebrities and many across Black America. Let’s stand in solidarity with the effort to fight police brutality globally!

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