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#StopRobbingUs: Nigerian Techies Are Getting Arrested on Their Way to Work and They’re Pissed

We talked to Bosun Tijani, part of a movement in Nigerian tech fighting back against police extortion.

While young, hardworking Nigerians entering the tech industry may dream of the riches and high regard given to their counterparts in Silicon Valley, the reality is much grimmer. In addition to the hassle of learning code, workers are being harassed and extorted by Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) police for simply looking like techies, which in Nigeria comes with a whole set of different assumptions. The police assume young Nigerians with laptops and smartphones are involved with internet fraud, not software development, and believe they have excess funds. It's confusing as the "Giant of Africa" is seen as a leading force on the continent for digital and technological progress.

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#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.

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