Success at last! IGP bans the Special Anti-robbery Squad, SARS today
Celebrities across the country have lent their voices to allegations of incessant killings by the operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS. The unit which was established in 1992, is one of the 14 units in the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department of the Nigeria Police Force. The unit in recent times, however, made headlines for high-handedness, harassment, brutality, and abuse of human rights. Widespread reactions have usually trailed these acts.
Concerned Nigerians have lent their voices to allegations of incessant killings of young and defenseless Nigerians by the operatives. The #EndSars hashtag was created to protest these killings and call for the reform or total scrapping of the unit.
In support of the public outcry against the unit, several celebrities across the country have also used their high profile social media platforms to deliver the message of social justice. Below are 10 notable male celebrities that have made their voices heard in support #Endsars movement.
WIZKID: The Afrobeat musician, in a series of tweets, blew hot. Retweeting the condolence tweet by President Buhari to Donald Trump, he said: “Old man! Police/Sarz still killing Nigerian youth on a daily! Do something! Nothing concern u for America! Face your country!!” The award-winning musician took airing his grievances a step further by tweeting the Governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, he said “Mr Governor! I met with you December 2019! You expressed how proud you are of the entertainment industry and all we do. Pls do something, let’s be proud of you too abeg ! #Endsars!!”.
DON JAZZY: Nigerian record producer, singer and songwriter also stated that the leadership of SARS have lost control of the men. “They are doing more of killing us than protecting us. You have lost control of your men. Take these touts in uniforms off our streets. #EndSarsNow” he tweeted.
OLAMIDE: Popular rapper and YBNL founder also called Nigerians attention to the fact that the government was intentionally ignoring the outcry on social media. He tweeted; “Police brutality is sky rocketing by the day And the Nigeria gov. Is not deaf nor blind, they see all the trends and tag along with whichever one they like. You don’t have to like this one to do right thing. The hashtags are becoming tiring. The people are sick of it.”
FALZ: The Actor, lawyer and rapper, in similar vein, also expressed his disgust as the government continues to ignore public complaints. “Makes me sick to my stomach that till now, we are still waiting for a single word from our so called “president” on this SARS menace.”, he tweeted
The DMW boss also called for the immediate abolition of the unit stating that Nigerians need to be united. “#endsarsnow !!!! If we all come together as brothers and sisters and also as citizens of this country we can end this Nonsense!!” he tweeted.
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The Afrobeat star took the bull by the horn and declared that he will lead a protest if swift actions are not taken by the government. He said, “This has gone long enough and now we MUST take action! I’ll be leading a protest to #ENDSARS on Thursday, October 8th 2020. They MUST listen to us, they MUST make/effect REAL and VISIBLE changes! Empty promises won’t work this time!!!”
In a similar vein, the rapper volunteered to lead a nationwide protest if the need arose. “If y’all want me to lead D protest I will lead but just know that they will send me to kirikiri prison this time’ he said.
Popular reality show host and presenter also joined in by saying
“Press releases without any action, are way too common. We’ve been here before. #EndSARS”
The rapper stated that he could relate with the feelings of parents as he was one himself.
“I’m a father more than an entertainer, so I feel the anger of parents and youths calling on the Govt and @PoliceNG to #EndSarsNow Those who are meant to protect us shouldn’t put our lives and property at risk. @MBuhari @NGRSenate @femigbaja do something now!”
DADDY FREEZE: The popular On-Air personality also said; “I can drive a flashy car, wear funky clothes and any hairstyle I want! It’s my right and it’s legal. Harassment on the other hand is NOT legal, neither are police brutality and extortion. This is the witchery that thrives when a system fails ~FRZ”
Other celebrities who joined in are Skales, Rudeboy, FireboyDML, Mr Eazi, Banky W, Dremo, and Ycee.