During the month of October, a number of protests have sprung up across the country of Nigeria against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, aka SARS. The group was first created in the early nineties by the government, in the hopes of decreasing the number of crimes throughout the country. However, due to the group’s abuse of power, SARS has become notoriously known for committing acts of injustice and terrorism against its own people. There have been numerous cases of the group stopping random, innocent civilians and interrogating them for no reason, whilst harassing and getting violent with them. Over the past two decades, civilians have been vocal about their issues with the SARS group and have demanded that the government disband them. Despite the president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Bahari, making false promises to listen to the people, SARS still remains.
Since earlier this month, protesters fighting for the end of SARS have been marching and using their voices to bring the tyrannous group down. According to Samuel Osborne, a writer of Independent, “Protests began two weeks ago after a video was circulated showing a man apparently being beaten by police officers from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, known as SARS” (Osborne). This is just one of many incidents that has occurred from this group. In fact, a total of “82 cases of torture, ill-treatment and extrajudicial execution…” (Osborne) has occurred over a span of three years. The news of SARS has impacted global news and celebrities have started to speak out and encourage their audiences to educate themselves, as well.
Discussing SARS is a topic that needs to be addressed; not only on a political level, but a human level. Police brutality plagues our entire world, not just the United States. Therefore, it is our job as Americans to look beyond our borders and pay attention to what is going on with our neighbors. Our protectors should not become our oppressors, no matter who you are or where you come from. If you cannot do anything else, LEARN. Read up on the #endSARS movement and comprehend why this is an important issue. This is deeper than politics, these are human lives at stake.
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