Yesterday, protesters gathered in London to call for the abolishment of SARS – a unit of the Nigerian police force. It’s widely believed that SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) are corrupt and guilty of brutality, abuse and harassment towards Nigerian citizens.
The #EndSARS movement escalated across Nigeria last week before spreading globally, with protests held in cities such as Atlanta, Cape Town and Toronto, as well as London.
Many high profile cultural figures have backed the movement on social media. Former The Face cover star Naira Marley, Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Ms Banks, Davido, Diddy, Ian Wright and Wizkid – who appeared at the London protest – are among those who have spoken out.
Yesterday, the Nigerian police force announced that SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) has been dissolved. However, protesters are demanding more transparency, substantial reform and justice for the victims of SARS’ alleged brutality.