Youths storm Osogbo streets, demand scrapping of SARS
Protesters mostly Nigerian youths on Friday reportedly stormed Osogbo, the capital of Osun state to protest against brutality and extra-judicial killings by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the police.
WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the angry protesters stormed the popular Olaiya junction in Osogbo, Osun state capital with placards inscribed with #Endsars, ‘Nigeria police stop killing us’, and ‘say no to brutal injustice’, ‘stop killing Nigerian Youths’, We are not animal, stop killing us’, among others.
According to report, the demonstrators majorly young men and women moved to the State Government Secretariat, Abeere where vehicular movement was obstructed for more than thirty minutes after they have succeeded in grounding popular Olaiya junction for about 40 minutes.
The protesters numbering about four hundred insisted that they were not going to leave the Secretariat unless they were being attended to by any Government official or the Governor himself.
The protesters were seeking the dissolution of the SARS unit of the Nigeria Police Force over cases of killings, harassment and extortion by its personnel.
One of the protesters, Gbenga Olaleye called on Inspector General of Police , Adamu Muhammad, to as a matter of urgency, proscribe the operatives of the SARS, saying they would continue to stage the protest to press home their demand.
Olalaye said: “We are here to let our intention to be known that we do not want SARS anymore.
“They come with all sort of stories about reform what they are allowed and what they are not allowed to do but it is about time to completely abolish SARS, that is why we are here.”
“I urge the government to rise to the occasion and nip this monstrosity in the bud with the seriousness it deserves.
“It’s expedient that the activities of SARS are reviewed to ensure that the rogue elements are excused from the unit and sanity returned to its operations.”
“Just about three weeks ago, we all know what happened in Osogbo here where promising youth of the country was chased to death. Should we continue to watch them kill us? No! We are the future of this country and they should stop killing us’.
These extrajudicial activities of the anticrime squad have also been condemned by celebrities and politicians who have also called for a total scrap of the police unit.
Nigerian youths, mostly affected by the brutality, have for several times trended the call for the scrapping of SARS with many sharing their experiences on Twitter.