By: Kaitlyn Fieldson
TAMPA- Nigerians worked so hard to end SARS in Nigeria, just recently, to stop the brutality that’s being used against them once and for all; to do so they organized protests.
According to Rick Gladstone and Megan Specia in the article, “Nigeria’s Police Brutality Crisis: What’s Happening Now”, “The Special Anti-Robbery Squad was created in 1984 to combat an epidemic of violent crime including robberies, carjackings and kidnappings.” SARS was made to be an ordinary police force that could help Nigeria. The “ordinary unit” didn’t turn out as great as they made it to be.
The article “End impunity for police violence in Nigeria” states that “SARS officers are infamous for unlawful killings, extortion and torture.” SARS officers have a history of abuse and harassment towards Nigerians. This has been going on ever since SARS was established. The abuse has caused many Nigerians grief and trauma.
Many SARS officers have tortured, hit, and harassed civilians. They have even killed many people. People shouldn’t have to go outside and be scared for their life. No human should have to experience this.
The number of #EndSARS protests rose greatly in October. Most of the protests are youth-led. The protests resulted in SARS brutality becoming more well known. The hashtag “#EndSARS” became viral too.
After many, many protests the protestors made a huge accomplishment. The president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, made a life-changing statement. This statement will forever be remembered.
Muhammadu Buhari announced that, “The disbanding of SARS is only the first step in our commitment to extensive police reforms in order to ensure that the primary duty of the police and other law enforcement agencies remains the protection of lives and livelihood of our people.” SARS disbanding is all thanks to the protestors that went out of their way to get their voice heard. Nigeria has been changed for the better because of them.
The article, “For the sake of democracy, Nigeria’s #EndSars campaign against police brutality must prevail” says that “Nigeria’s movement comes as protests demanding the protection of Black lives continue in the United States.” Although the Special Anti-Robbery Squad has ended for Nigerians; they are still protesting as we speak for the rights of black lives in the United States of America.
Even though SARS has been told to be disbanded in Nigeria not everything has ended. Victims of SARS brutality are still dealing with the trauma that they have been left with. Some people will never be the same as they used to be. People who have lost loved ones to SARS will never be able to get them back or be able to talk to them again. SARS officers have done things that no human should ever do. Fortunately, there will be no victims of SARS anymore but, we should always remember those whose lives have been taken or seriously affected all because of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and the brutality that they have used towards Nigerians.