End Special Anti-Robbery Squad (End SARS) or #EndSARS is a social movement in Nigeria that started on Twitter calling for banning of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit of the Nigerian Police Force, a controversial division known for police oppression and brutality.
The protests started as a social media campaign using the hashtag #ENDSARS to demand for the Nigerian Government to end the deployment of SARS.
Within a weekend (9–11 October 2020), the #ENDSARS hashtag had up to 28 million tweets. Nigerians have shared both stories and video evidence of how members of SARS engaged in kidnapping, murder, theft, rape, torture, unlawful arrests, humiliation, unlawful detention, extrajudicial killings, and extortion in Nigeria.
SARS officers have been alleged to profile youth based on appearance, mount illegal road blocks, stop and search, arrest without warrant, rape women, extort young Nigerians for driving exotic vehicles and using iPhones.
While some claimed victory as the Nigerian Police Force dissolved the Special Anti-Robbery Squad on Sunday, 11 October 2020, others noted similar promises had been made in recent years and the government planned to reassign SARS officers rather than remove them entirely.
The government has continued to violently repress protests despite the announcement. And the protesters have refused to back down.
On 9 October 2020, the #EndSARS hashtag trended globally on social media. EndSARS protests, which started 8 October 2020, are still ongoing in major cities across the country and have attracted international mainstream media attention. ©️Wikipedia
The campaign has witnessed reactions on social media from international celebrities such as Cardi B, Trey Songz, Big Sean, Jidenna, John Boyega, Kanye West, Drake, Diddy among others including footballers, Marcus Rashford and Mesut Ozil.
The Nigerian government are tendering apologies right now, begging the protesters to back down which they/we refused! No retreat, no surrender till we get what we want. You old men cannot fool us any longer! #EndSars #Endswat #EndPoliceBrutality #EndBadGovernance
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