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By David Royal, Tunde Oso, Lagos, Shina Abubakar, Osogbo, Boluwaji Obahopo, Lokoja, Adeola Badru, Ibadan, James Ogunnaike, Abeokuta
The #EndSARS national protests garnered more global support yesterday, with international celebrities including John Boyega, Cardi B, Big Sean, Trey Songz, Temi Otedola and Chance the Rapper declaring their support for the campaign from their United States, United Kingdom, Canada and European bases.
New protests against SARS erupted a week ago after a video went viral, showing a man allegedly shot dead in Delta state by police unit agents. Nigerians continued the #EndSARS national protest march yesterday in defiance of a call for calm from Buhari on Friday.
In Ogbomosho, Oyo State, one Jimoh Isiaka, who was reportedly shot, later died at Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso. Abdulrasaq Olawale, Oluwadamilare Gbolohunmi and five other people were injured and taken to hospital for treatment.
The angry governor Seyi Makinde declared that the situation was very regrettable.
According to him, “I have contacted the Police Commissioner, Oyo State, Nwachukwu Enwonwu and other relevant agencies and the investigations into what led to the unfortunate incident are still ongoing. I pray that God will grant Jimoh Isiaka’s parents the strength to endure this irreplaceable loss. “
The protesting youth were detained at the Ogun State Government House, especially since Governor Dapo Abiodun was not there to address them.
The peaceful protest then turned upside down when protesters stormed the Olowu of Owu Palace in Abeokuta, the site of the 2020 Owu Day Festival, wrecking the vehicle of Ogun Lieutenant Governor Noimot Salako Oyedele, and also injured a police officer . In Imoru, Ijebu-Ode, angry youths attacked a police station in the city, vandalized and looted the station. The youths, who were seen in a video, destroyed the police patrol, while the glass of the windows and the doors were broken. Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer Abimbola Oyeyemi condemned the incident and warned young people against such acts.
In Abuja, #EndSARS protesters camped out at @PoliceNG headquarters, Abuja for many hours chanting various slogans and chanting. In Lagos state, protesters with banners chanted “EndSARS” as they marched peacefully through the streets.
#EndSARS protesters in Kaduna called on the federal government to relocate SARS agents to the northeast to fight banditry, terrorism, and other security challenges. One of the protesters, Mohammed Safiyanu, said: “You should go fight them if you are not prepared to stop it. They should stop killing our innocent youth. The Kaduna state government should bring SARS to Birnin Gwari, there are many people dying there. They deserve to be there, not in the city. They don’t deserve your brutality.
Demonstrators in Iwo, Osun state stormed Oluwo Palace, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, and, disappointed that the monarch was not in the palace, they headed to Adeeke Divisional Police Headquarters, where they were received by the Officer of Divisional Police. The president of the Federation of Iwoland Students’ Union (FILSU), Mr. Iromini Ismail, in his speech, accused the SARS agents of impunity and brutality.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Zahra, and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s daughter, Kiki, also intervened in the protests.
Zahra shared an image on her insta story that read, “#EndPoliceBrutality.” Kiki Osinbajo also shared a post on her Instagram page saying “Police brutality must end now” using the hashtags #endpolicebrutality and #endsars.
In his tweet, John Boyega, a British-Nigerian actor, said: “Three years ago, the Nigerian police chief reorganized SARS after public condemnation of the violence that came with its operations. That change has done nothing for Nigerians and today many are still in danger. “
According to Trey Songz, “Police brutality here in America is often a race-driven abuse of power. Being brutalized, extorted, and killed by your own people is unimaginable. Prayers and I am researching ways I can help. #EndSARS “.
Chance The Rapper also chimed in: “I just started reading about this charade taking place in Nigeria. If you have more information to distribute in the answers, I am all ears.
According to Awosanya (SEGALINK), coordinator of the #EndSars movement, said: “The requests for #EndSars increased because people are beginning to see that there is a gap in the implementation and execution of the change that they have been longing for.”
The Enough is Enough (EiE) Nigeria said: “Across the country, Nigerians are protesting an end to extortion, brutality and extrajudicial killings by SARS. Yet right now, @PoliceNG officers are ripping it apart, shooting, and tear gassing peaceful protesters without provocation. This reveals its true nature. #EndSARS! “
The national director of the Center for Democracy and Development, CDD, Idayat Hassan, for her part, urged Buhari to dissolve SARS now, saying the unit was beyond reforms.
However, DCP Frank Mba, a public relations officer for the police force, argued that SARS cannot be eliminated due to the ongoing fight against crime in the country.
“We need them to continue responding to violent crime. We need them to continue responding to armed robberies. We need them to continue responding to kidnappings, ”he had said.
Meanwhile, the Governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola, pleaded with citizens to remain calm in the face of the protests, adding that the government was already responding to their protest.
Through their Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Ms. Funke Egbemode, the governor urged them not to take the law into their own hands considering that Osun is a peaceful state and the president had promised to reform the police.
Also calling for caution, the Coordinator of the Sub-Sahara Peace and Awareness Foundation, Mr. Abdullahi Ali-Kano, in Kano, proposed a comprehensive reform of the security organization to improve its operations and protect lives and property in the country.
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) also warned that protests can escalate into utter chaos if care is not taken.
Your National Public Relations Officer (PRO), Comrade Adeyemi Azeez, in Abeokuta, raised the alarm that the protests had already been hijacked by thugs to take advantage of and wreak havoc on law-abiding citizens.