Despite an appeal for calm yesterday by President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigerian youths on Saturday continued their #EndSARS protests.
The protest which started in Lagos with music stars like Runtown, Falz, Rudeboy and others leading it has now spread to many more states in Nigeria.
While it has also been on in the FCT, Oyo, Osun, Edo, Delta, Imo, states like Anambra, Plateau among others joined today while Enugu is planning to join on Tuesday.
In Lagos State today, the youths protested at Ikorodu, Lekki and Festac areas.
They are protesting against brutality and extortion of operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigerian Police Force.
The protesters, with their placards with different inscriptions chanted “EndSARS Now” as they marched through the streets of Lagos peacefully.
VANTAGE NEWS reported that the president had appealed to Nigerians to be patient with the government, assuring them that FSARS would be reformed as he had given the Inspector General order on that.
“Our determination to reform the police should never be in doubt. I am being briefed regularly on the reform efforts ongoing to end police brutality and unethical conduct and ensure that the Police are fully accountable to the people.
“The IGP already has my firm instructions to conclusively address the concerns of Nigerians regarding these excesses, and ensure erring personnel is brought to justice. I appeal for patience and calm, even as Nigerians freely exercise their right to peacefully make their views known,” Buhari had tweeted.
However, the youths are not taking it as they are insisting and scraping the SARS unit of the police entirely, saying that it is not the first time such promises of reform would be made.
Also the protest is gaining massive international attention as several foreign celebrities and lending their voices to demand for and end to SARS brutality and extortion.
After doing a little research I would like to speak out against what’s going on in Nigeria right now. Their pleas to #EndSarsNow IS VERY REAL. I have so much love for my Nigerian fans and it’s so hurtful to hear whats happening.
— Trey Songz (@TreySongz) October 10, 2020
Three years ago Nigeria’s police chief re-organised SARS after public condemnation about the violence that came with their operations. That change has done nothing for Nigerians and today many are still in danger. #EndSarsProtests
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) October 9, 2020
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