By Francis Efe – Warri
Hundreds of EndSARS protesters Wednesday paralyzed activities on the main roads of Warri and Effurun in Delta state while protesting against the disbanded Special Anti-Theft Squad (SARS) as well as the recently announced Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit.
The youth began the peaceful march around 8 a.m. from the popular Delta Mall in Effurun Roundabout, walked down Effurun-Warri Sapele Road, stopping at Airport, Jakpa, Enerhen and Deco Junctions, and marched to Estate Roundabout, all in Council Areas. from Warri South and Uvwie.
The procession caused heavy traffic in the Twin Cities.
They also called for an end to the newly created SWAT, which they described as another name for dissolved SARS.
The protesters carried banners with inscriptions such as “Stop Police Brutality”, Stop Killing Us, “End SWAT, End SARS”, “We said EndSARS, let’s not change them,” I am a filmmaker, not a scammer. Stop harassing me ”, among others.
Security agents were also seen monitoring the exercise.
An officer reportedly addressed the crowd, urging them to keep the peace as they advanced in the protest, and assured them that police officers have been deployed to provide security.
Speaking with, one of the protesters, Igho Tietie, said that Nigerians are not satisfied with the dissolution of SARS and the establishment of SWAT, hence the ongoing protest.
He said “we don’t want SARS or SWAT. What’s the difference? What we want is a total reform of the Police. We call for an end to police brutality. Disbanded officers must receive psychological treatment.
“We are also asking the Federal Government to review the salaries of these officers to what their counterparts earn around the world.”
Ask if they do not have confidence in the statements and guarantees of the police hierarchy in regards to curbing the excesses of their men, the protester said “we do not.
“They have no respect for human lives, they do not take into account the constituted authority, the laws that led them to work and protect lives, Nigerian lives. They are not respecting that law. Instead, we are like sheep to the slaughterhouse. Enough of that! “