#EndSARS Is a Nigerian Social Media Movement Calling Out Chilling Incidents of Police Brutality
Nigeria's inspector general of police has called for the reorganization of the unit in response to the viral campaign.
Nigerians took to Twitter over the weekend to demand the end of SARS or the Special Anti-Robbery Squad—a special branch of the Nigeria police that fights violent crime.
Using the hashtags #EndSARS and #EndSARSNow, these countless stories show that SARS has been doing everything but protecting citizens, from Nigerians being held at gunpoint, robbed and kidnapped, to being arrested without charge, forced to pay bribes and even shot by the unit.
A SARS officer just shot a boy in the Head right in front of me WTFFFFFFFFFFFFF!!!! I'm so SHOOK!!!!!— Idealist (@Idealist)1512212376.0
Just in the heat of the #EndSARS campaign This is them on a Monday morning,drinking red label and smoking weed & ex… https://t.co/YcRgo4JcB9— R.O.A (@R.O.A)1512379347.0
Can never forget November 2005, driving in Abuja with @sommbonu and @IAMOfem. Stopped by a plain clothes officer wi… https://t.co/yaBkSPB8HS— Ebuka Obi-Uchendu (@Ebuka Obi-Uchendu)1512376744.0
The entire police force needs some serious revamp. SARS are particular notorious for brutal attacks on innocent you… https://t.co/VU1ITcSPHa— Bop Daddy (@Bop Daddy)1512329718.0
People are not supposed to be afraid of the people that are supposed to be looking after us. A couple weeks ago, at… https://t.co/PNRMrZVInd— Simi (@Simi)1512305046.0
Inspector General of Police Ibrahim K. Idris NPM has responded to the online outcry, stating his concern and directing the immediate reorganization of SARS, as well as an investigation into the allegations made against the unit. You can read the whole statement here.
However, Nigerians are skeptical and think this statement is a chess move for eventual radio silence and inaction.
The IG of @PoliceNg has ordered an "immediate reorganisation" of SARS. The same IG who ordered dismantling of check… https://t.co/9J24FQyJE1— Mister Mobility📱 (@Mister Mobility📱)1512401789.0
Occupy Nigeria died when people went to 'talk' to the government. This happens again and again in the history of… https://t.co/4FPEMK1htn— Ayo Sogunro - #Transformist (@Ayo Sogunro - #Transformist)1512395423.0
Amnesty International's 2016 report on SARS reveals troubling findings, showing that "detainees, both men and women, are subjected to various methods of torture and ill-treatment in order to extract information and 'confessions.' Such methods include severe beating, hanging, starvation, shooting in the legs, mock executions and threats of execution." You can find the full report here.