End police brutality in Nigeria with #EndSARS

End police brutality in Nigeria with #EndSARS

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The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) is a unit of the Nigerian police task force that was created in 1992. They were created in order to better deal with fighting violent crimes such as robbery and kidnapping in Nigeria. However, SARS began abusing their power, and officers are rarely held accountable for their behavior. SARS has been documented committing widespread human rights violations including illegal executions, torture and other ill-treatment such as rape and extortion by SARS officers. Victims of abuse from SARS were predominately young men from low-income backgrounds. They began extorting money from innocent citizens and abusing citizens’ human rights. In detention centers, reports have found over 130 detainees in overcrowded conditions subject to methods of torture, including hangings, starvation, beatings, and shootings. 

Nigerian human rights defenders and activists launched the #EndSARS movement in late 2017. The movement aimed to raise awareness about SARS' human rights abuses as well as call for better governance and an end to police violence. Hundreds of Nigerians took to the streets in peaceful demonstrations in October 2020, giving the movement a boost. Others posted horrific accounts through social media of SARS officers assaulting their victims. 

According to Amnesty International, On the evening of October 20th, the Nigerian army and police opened fire on a crowd of #EndSARS demonstrators at Alausa and Lekki Toll Gates in Lagos, killing 12 people and injuring hundreds more. Soldiers arrived at Lekki and opened fire without notice. At least two people were killed, and one was seriously wounded, and witnesses said they were targeted by a team of soldiers and policemen from the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) Unit. Amnesty International also received reports that government officials removed CCTV cameras and turned off the electricity at the Lekki toll gate, where #EndSARS demonstrators had been camped for two weeks, just before the shootings – a possible attempt to conceal facts. Some of those killed and wounded at both sites were reportedly taken away by the military, as in previous cases reported by Amnesty International. 

 
 

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