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EndSARS protesters occupy Lagos State House of Assembly, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria on Friday, October 9, 2020. The protesters are calling for the scrapping of police unit, known as Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) over the squads incessant harassment and brutality of innocent Nigerians.

#EndSARS: Nigerian Protests Against Police Brutality Strengthen

Nigerians continue to call upon President Muhammadu Buhari to end the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in another wave of peaceful protests which first began as early back as 2017.

Nigerians continue to call upon President Muhammadu Buhari to end police brutality through ongoing countrywide protests. According to Aljazeera, this follows news of a civilian who reportedly died at the hands of the federal security agency Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) which subsequently sparked the #EndSARS demonstrations this past week. This is yet another wave of protests since 2017 calling for the complete dissolution of SARS.

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After a weekend of protests, the Nigerian government has responded with conflicting statements with regards to the state of SARS. According to BBC News, President Buhari committed to dissolving the alleged rogue unit while the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, released a public statement on Sunday confirming the disbandment of SARS. While some Nigerians welcomed the news, a similar commitment was made in 2018 but SARS remained active. This appears to be the case once again as one social media user pointed out.

Anecdotal stories of alleged battery, extortion, murder and kidnapping by SARS have caused #EndSARS to trend across Africa and other parts of the world.

SARS was established in 1992 by the Nigerian government in order to combat armed robbery with the "element of surprise" as quoted by the founder Simeon Danladi Midenda. The security agency has been under public scrutiny since 2017 and has been alleged to be a rogue unit that targets Nigerians who come across as rich or "flashy". According to the Washington Post, Nigerian filmmaker Dare Olaitan was pulled over while driving by SARS officials who accused him of speeding. When he requested proof of his alleged speeding, the police officers reportedly slapped him, grabbed his car keys and forced him to withdraw money from an ATM. Similar stories have been trending on Twitter with some more grievous than the last.

Famous Nigerian artists Burna Boy, Davido, Tiwa Savage, Don Jazzy, Fall, Runtown and Wizkid have also joined the protests from their various locations across the world. Davido joined the protests in Nigeria this past Sunday while Burna Boy took to Twitter to share his sentiments on a relief fund he recently set up and to which Sean "Diddy" Combs has reportedly donated. Burna Boy has also funded #EndSARS billboards which have been erected all over the country.

Protest have resumed this morning with demonstrators blocking Lekki toll gate which has led to a lockdown in Lagos.

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How You Can Help Nigeria’s #EndSARS Protests

We round up some ways you can support the movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

Widespread protests against Nigeria's notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are becoming more of a revolution. The movement is an outcry from youths demanding a general reform of the country, majorly characterized by poor governance, with a focus on the harassment and assaults committed by SARS. The movement has been raging through the city of Lagos for the past three weeks, as protesters home and abroad have taken to the streets in masses to express their keen dissatisfaction.

Hashtags like #EndSARS, #EndPoliceBrutality, and #EndBadGovernanceInNigeria have brandished across all social media platforms to amplify the voices of the youth people fighting back. These hashtags have, in turn, gained traction with the help of celebrities like singers Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and Beyoncé, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and many others. Nigerian stars, Falz, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and many more also joined in the movement, as many of them took to the streets with placards.

To date, the peacefully protesting Nigerians' needs have not been met. With said needs not being satisfied as they demand justice for lives lost due to the brutal and corrupt practices of police officers.

We have rounded up some ways you can support this movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

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