“I am with my Nigerian brothers and sisters to end police brutality, the government must respond to people’s cries #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria,” tweeted West on Monday.
Using the #EndSARS hashtag on social media, international celebrities have joined Nigerians in the campaign to end police brutality in all its forms.
Protests of the diaspora
Over the weekend, the Nigerian diaspora community also organized protests in solidarity with their counterparts back home.
Sunday, #EndSARS the protests took place in Canada, England, Germany and the United States.
Fakhriyyah Hashim, one of the protesters in London, told CNN that the purpose of the protest was to encourage the diaspora community in England to financially support protesters in Nigeria so that they can continue their protests.
Afrobeat stars Wizkid (real name Ayodeji Balogun) and Mr Eazi (real name Oluwatosin Ajibade) also attended the London protest.
Mr. Eazi, addressing the crowd with a microphone, said he was personally stopped and harassed by SARS agents. “None of us are safe if we continue to be in the comfort of our homes allowing people to talk and say it doesn’t concern them,” he said in the video seen on CNN.
Similarly, protesters gathered on Sunday and Monday chanting “End SARS” on Queen Street in Toronto, Canada.
The blessing from Timidi Digha, one of the protesters who was present on both days, told CNN that the protesters’ demands included justice for those brutalized by the police unit, police reform and an end to all forms. of police brutality.
“We were hoping to share our personal experiences in the hands of SARS and the police, to join our colleagues back home in demanding the dignity of Nigerian life,” Digha said.
Lagos state spokesperson Muyiwa Adejobi said all complaints against its officers are being carefully examined and appropriate sanctions are applied to offenders. Adejobi added that many people do not report abuse because they fear they will not get justice. He encouraged people affected by police misconduct to report him.
Dissolution of SARS
As protests were underway in various parts of the world on Sunday, Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police Mohammed Abubakar Adamu announced that SARS would be dissolved.
But protests continued Monday in Lagos, Abuja and Kwara, with Nigerian youths saying they would continue to take to the streets until the entire police force was reformed.
Ayobami Akinbo, who participated in the protests in the Nigerian capital Abuja, agrees. “It’s not enough to end that unit and redistribute it to other places,” he told CNN. “What we want is for the unit to end and for an investigation into the conduct of the SARS unit to be conducted.”
Akinbo added that agents should be trained on how to interact with citizens to minimize the brutality they inflict on people.