The #EndSars protest which has become the order of the day in different states across Nigeria started on Thursday 8th October, 2020.
This isn’t the first time members of the public are demanding justice for the killing of innocent civilians by the Nigerian Police.
SARS operatives have allegedly killed and injured numerous individuals, causing the clamour by Nigerians both at home and in diaspora.
As a matter of fact, following the peaceful protests by Nigerians, it has been reported that Police officers have killed well over 5 people on one hand, and injured a lot on the other hand. Many have also been wrongfully arrested!
This recent protest isn’t only taking place on the streets, but also through online activism — social media mainly with the hashtag #EndSars. This trend has drawn the attention of Nigerian celebrities and renowned international artistes who have taken it upon themselves to unanimously lend their voices to the #ENDSARS protest.
Below are the names of individuals who have been killed or injured by members of the Police force during the protest;
- Oluwadamilare Gbolohunmi — Injured
- Jimoh Isiaq — killed
- Abdulrasaq Olawale — injured
- Oxlade’s manager — injured, amongst others.
Activists across the globe say the abuses carried out during the protests – including beatings, intimidation and the disproportionate use of force against demonstrators – were all carried out by policemen who did not belong to Sars.
They say a total overhaul of policing in Nigeria is needed.
Over the weekend, protests against Sars spread to Europe and Canada after reports of unlawful arrests, torture and shootings.