October 22nd, 2020 // Status Report
I’m going to point your attention elsewhere today, to Nigeria. The people of Nigeria have been enduring abuse from a certain unit within their police force for decades This unit is known as SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad), established in the 90s by the Nigerian government. As the name suggests, the unit was only created to handle robberies and other theft crimes. However, due to the free reign that the unit was given, it has become much more violent and harmful over time, resulting in the Nigerian people suffering police brutality, even being tortured and murdered in cold blood.
SARS profiles the Nigerian people based on possessions and appearances. People are stopped on the street and later arrested for harmless things, like having dreads, wearing nice clothes, or having an iPhone.
The Nigerian people have taken to the streets to protest (peacefully) in the last few weeks, but SARS has countered their approach with tear gas, rubber bullets, and live ammunition. There is word circulating that many protestors have been kidnapped, tortured, and killed by the police force.
Nigeria has been struggling against SARS for decades, as other countries have been with their own police forces. Police brutality is a international crime.
The more people know about what’s going on, the stronger the chance becomes of stopping these corrupt individuals. We have to bring the public eye to watch over these systems and abolish them if reform isn’t possible. They can’t keep getting away with this.
I don’t know all the answers or everything about what’s going on, but I’m learning more every day and you can, too. Please look into #EndSARS.
Let’s Start Here
Petitions to Sign
Support the SARS Protest // Change.org
End SARS, Stop Police Brutality, and Reform the Nigerian Police Force // Change.org
The 7-Point Demands // Change.org
International Criminal Court to Investigate Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari Now // Change.org
Articles to Read
Nigerian forces accused of killing anti-police brutality protestors // CBS News // Oct. 21st, 2020
Nigerian Protests: “What’s Happening and Why Are People Demonstrating?” // Wall Street Journal // Oct. 21st, 2020
Tweets and Video
Twitter thread // @vamparie
Twitter thread // @MinaWorldPeace
YouTube video // Philip DeFranco // Convo begins at 9:06
Hashtags to Search
Please be careful looking through twitter when using the above hashtags. I’ve seen dead bodies, blood, and missing limbs. There aren’t any trigger warnings, so consider this as the warning. Prepare yourself. It’s a luxury to be able to log out.