#EndSARS: What you need to know as Nigerians intensify protests

Nigerian youths have intensify their protests over the brutality by operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) – an operational outfit in the Police Force.

There have been many instances that led to these protests as many Nigerians including media personalities, actors, musicians and others have trooped out to make their displeasure known.

More protests are still ongoing in many parts of the country.

In Lagos, the deputy Governor Mr. Obafemi Hamzat said: “We fully understand the reasons for your anger but this demonstration must also carried out in line with the law. If we employ violence or destruction to drive home our grievances, we will also be hurting ourselves. The protest must be orderly, so that those concerned will get the salient point of the message.

“You can’t block the road, disrupt free flow of traffic and prevent other people from embarking on their lawful duties, especially the emergency responders. As citizens, it is within your rights to express your grievances but let us exercise caution and eschew violence. The authorities have heard your voice and I hope we all leave the roads with the understanding that drastic changes will be effected.”

As the Deputy Governor left the scene at 1:15pm, the protesters continued to chant anti-police songs, calling for disbanding of SARS. But, Mr Hamzat instructed security operatives at the scene no to harass or exchange words with any of the demonstrators.

Also, the President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari has been briefed by the Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed on the ongoing #EndSARS protest in Nigeria.

An aide to the president, Bashir Ahmad, made this known in a tweet on Friday.

Ahmad assured Nigerians that the president would “take an action in the best interest of Nigerians.”

“Good people of Nigeria have every right to protest the #PoliceBrutality or anything they see is not going on well. The President was briefed yesterday by the IG of Police, I am very sure action will be taken and in the best interest of Nigerians. #EndSARSProtests,” he tweeted.

Meanwhile thousands of Nigerians are protesting against police brutality in the country.

Apart from Lagos, protests are taking place across the country, including in the capital Abuja and Osun State.

The movement initially targeted the federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, widely accused of unlawful arrests, torture, and murder, but has since broadened to include all police forces.

While the SARS unit was suspended on Sunday, groups such as Amnesty International said the government had not gone far enough, pointing to previous unsuccessful attempts to ban the force.

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