The clamour for #EndSars continues with a renewed agitation
Despite the declaration of the disband of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammed Adamu, within the 36 states and the FCT on Sunday, the clamour by the Nigerian youths seems to wax stronger.
The protesters, in response to the IGP’s declarations, have come up with renewed demands to the Federal Government. The hashtags #SARSmustEND, #5of5, #EndPoliceBrutality have been created to amplify these demands and they continue to trend on twitter and other social media platforms.
These 5-renewed demands termed #5of5 on social media includes:
- Immediate release of all arrested protesters: In the past few days of protest, some protesters have been reported to be held captive by the police. The likes of Wale Adeniji Sodiq, Mutahiru Faruq, Olatoye Olalekan Joseph, and many others, were arrested by men of the police force. Some have also been allegedly charged to court for attempted murder and kidnap. Meanwhile, it is worthy to note that some of these protesters have been granted bail and released following efforts by volunteer lawyers, concerned Nigerians and even some politicians.
- Justice for all deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families: The protesters demand justice for everyone who have been unjustly killed and brutalised by the members of the police force.
- Setting up an independent body to oversee the Investigation and prosecution of all reports of police misconduct (within 10 days): This demand aims to ensure that the excesses of the police force is curbed. Though, the kind of personality to constitute the “independent body” has not been explicitly stated.
- In line with the new Police Act, psychological evaluation and retraining (to be confirmed by an independent body) of all disbanded SARS officers before they can be redeployed: The protesters are of the opinion that the officers of SARS needs a psychological rehabilitation and retraining to restore sense of humanity in them.
- Increase police pay: The protest is not just a common civilian agitation any longer. The fight also extends to demanding an increase in the salaries of Police Officers. The protesters want to ensure that police officers are “adequately compensated for protecting lives and property of citizens.”
Meanwhile, the Minister for Police Affairs, took to his official Twitter handle urging Nigerians to, “see the disbandment of SARS, as government’s commitment to deepening relationship between Nigerians and the Police, for better service delivery”. “Let’s continue to work together to secure our communities”, he tweeted.
The Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwoolu, also took time out to address protesters who stormed the Lekki toll gate.