Nigerians have taken to twitter to demand an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, (SARS,) a department in the Nigerian police saddled with the responsibility to fight high profile crimes, but the officers and men of the force have turned the department into an attack on innocent young Nigerians who carry laptops, dread locks, tattoos, expensive clothes, wristwatches, cars and expensive phones. Most of the time for even being in ‘alleged’ wrong places.
Nigerians have cried out that SARS officers have robbed, extorted, brutalized, harassed, dehumanized, raped and even killed suspects in their custody.
Several pubic figures have lend their voice to support the campaign to #EndSARS.
See tweets below;
The arbitrary harassment of young Nigerians by Police (who should be protecting them) has no place in a democratic society.
The #EndSARS protest shows Nigerian youth are upset and the matter needs urgent attention.
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) December 3, 2017
I wholeheartedly support Nigerians in the call for #EndSARS.
Those charged with the protection of Nigerian lives and property have now become the danger to those they are supposed to protect.
However, I believe that we need more reforms in the Nigeria Police.
— Governor Dankwambo (@HEDankwambo) December 3, 2017
Just yesterday on my way back from ilorin with my team . Luck wasn’t on our side because ? We met SARS operatives who asked for receipts to a car we hired from Lagos to ilorin. I was weak. They threatened to shoot my manager for arguing with them 🤦🏾♂️ #ENDSARS
— OMO YI 🌹 (@iamTJAN) December 3, 2017
Just went through VP @ProfOsinbajo‘s timeline. As silent as a graveyard about the SARS issue, ironically his congratulatory message to Wizkid & Davido was tops on his TL. You pretentious leaders, stop congratulating us after making us go through hell to succeed. #ENDSARS
— FAVOUR ONYEOZIRI (@Rouvafe) December 3, 2017
Was buying fuel this morning & SARS drove in staring at me, had to quickly drive away before i either end up in cell or end up dead for looking fresh & driving a car
Youths are living in Constant Fear#EndSARS
— KinG NomSo👑 (@ani_nomso) December 3, 2017
My brother was arrested some years back by SARS in his shop cuz he looks like one who smoke weed. He was detained for almost 2 years. Ever since then he has stpd living a normal life cuz the shock is still all over him #Endsars
— ❤️in-advance-mum❤️ (@OmowumiBright) December 3, 2017
People are not supposed to be afraid of the people that are supposed to be looking after us. A couple weeks ago, at almost midnight, my friends and I had a gun pointed at us for laughing. For laughing. #EndSARS #ActuallyTakeGunsAwayFromTriggerHappyPeopleWhoHideBehindTheUniform!
— Simi (@SympLySimi) December 3, 2017
On May 3rd 2016 SARS arrested my wife and I for having (Not drinking or drunk driving just carrying in the car ) locally distilled alcohol in the car.
— Austine A Amani (@Amani_Art) December 3, 2017
Yesterday they sponsored an attack on my handle. They attempted locking me out. I could not tweet for hours nor was able to retweet. But can you hack a hacker? Try again, you will always fail. Any attempt to hack me will get you hacked. #EndSARS #ReformPoliceNG
— SEGA L’éveilleur® (@segalink) December 3, 2017
You need not have experienced the menace called SARS to call for #EndSARS , you have friends and relatives. Certainly not all your folks live inside Aso Rock. I don’t support reforms here, it should be deleted, trash emptied too.
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) December 3, 2017
Please how do we act on this #EndSARS issue cos twitter won’t be enough
— ZAHEER! (@iam_YCEE) December 3, 2017
The SARS officers here in Abuja are actually criminals legally carrying guns.
You see them at Area 1, Durumi, Garki Village, smoking weed, sniffing all sorts of dangerous drugs among criminals with guns in their hands, I see them & just shake my head. #EndSARS #EndSarsBrutality
— UnitedAyodejiEmpire (@Deji_Blissfield) December 3, 2017
On Friday july 7th, The PPRO of Kwara State police command took 2000$ cash from me and force me to transfer 115k to one of his boys Account, and he also seize my Samsung phone..
He threatened to send me to jail if i tell anyone about the case. @atiku @adeyanjudeji #ENDSars pic.twitter.com/GlFfcHIcnU
— Asiwaju (@Asiwaju_limited) December 3, 2017
For those who may not know SARS stands for Special Anti-Robbery Squad, but all they do is to harass youths anyhow.
Please do not think only males are affected by their nuisance, females too are affected.
RT so our Voices will be heard.🙏#EndSARS
— GREAT GRACIOUS (@GreatGracious) December 3, 2017
SARs killed a friend in Eket. They later planted a gun on him to make him look like an armed robber. He was the only child #EndSARS
— Obong Owo 🇳🇬 (@itzotuky) December 3, 2017