Many Nigerian celebrities have lent their voices to the campaign against the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police following their ill-manner of operations.
The call for an end to SARS went viral on Twitter with the hashtag #EndSarsNow since Saturday. Nigerians on social media have narrated tales of police brutality, extrajudicial killings, vicious arrests, stripping off of personal properties through physical attacks, and extortion by SARS.
Popular Nigerian singer Ayodeji “Wizkid” Balogun took to his twitter page to join the campaign, in response to a tweet on President Muhammadu Buhari’s page.
The president sent a goodwill message to the president of the United State of America, Donald Trump, and his wife, who announced that they have tested positive for Coronavirus.
Donald Trump is not your business!” he said.
“Old man! Police/Sarz still killing Nigerian youth on a daily! Do something! Nothing concern u for America! Face your country!!”
The 30-year-old singer also went on to address the governor of Lagos state, Babajide SanwoOlu on his twitter page.
He said, “Mr. Governor! I met with you in December 2019! You expressed how proud you are of the entertainment industry and all we do. Pls do something, let’s be proud of you too! #Endsars!!”
Singer Yemi Alade also implored the government not to ignore the campaign and do something about the problem.
She wrote, “I know you see these tweets…. you can monitor big brother from Government House….. oya #EndSARS now, innocent Nigerian Youths are being killed every day.”
Another singer, Adekunle Temitope aka Small Doctor also lamented the unlawful killings of Nigerian youths on his twitter page.
Singer Runtown also promised to take the twitter campaign to the streets of Lagos as he announced that he will be leading a campaign against SARS on October 8.
This is not the first time Nigerians will stand up to the mindless brutality and harassment from SARS but the recent uproar grew louder after a video that surfaced online on Saturday showing an innocent Nigerian shot dead by a police officer in Delta State.
While the campaign rages, the Force’s Public relation Officer, Frank Mba released a statement on Sunday, announcing that the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu has banned SARS from Nigerian roads.
The development means that the FSARS and other Tactical Squads of the Police such as the Special Tactical Squad (STS), Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Anti-Cultism Squad, and other Tactical Squads are to stop all activities on Nigerian roads.
However, Nigerians seem to not be convinced about the development because the release failed to quell the fire of their rage as they claimed to have seen promises of bans before now that have gone unfulfilled.
Media personality, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu wrote on his twitter page that he hopes the ban will not be like the constant bans on roadblocks that keep resurfacing.
See more tweets below:
IGP bans FSARS. This has been reoccurring since 2017. They say it and it’s still happening. Just published. No stamp, no signature. What’s there to be happy about. Please call an immediate press conference and say it out and give a death penalty to any Sars that stops and search pic.twitter.com/LxzE5SZsCv
— Sam_stix (@Sam_stix1) October 4, 2020
4th October 2020: IGP BANS FSARS!!!
Dear @NGRPresident ,@MBuhari and IGP of @PoliceNG , we have seen this before! None less than the Vice President, @ProfOsinbajo shared this in 2018.
Nothing changed!!!@segalink @frankdonga_ @SavvyRinu @wizkidayo @CDDWestAfrica @SundayDareSD pic.twitter.com/W5mnmFNPGu
— Kolawole Olatunbosun (@kola2bosun) October 4, 2020
Breaking: IGP bans FSARS, tactical squads from “routine patrol”.
They knew most of you have selective amnesia, they don’t even rate you.
Watch closely and see that don’t want wide protest, they fear it pic.twitter.com/6EpZlbxlzI
— Melchizedek🗯️ (@ParisNuel) October 4, 2020
IGP BANS FSARS if this isn’t said on National Tv by the president and IGP then it’s all lies.
We’ve heard that before and do you know what happens there after? These blood suckers come out more brutal on innocent citizens.
Just #EndSarsNow ffs.
— BENUEGIANT🦍 (@one_dosh) October 4, 2020
Una never implement minimum wage completely na SARS una wan . IGP should just resign , he has proved overtime that he is incapable. So if we had trended this on Twitter, it would have been swept under the carpet . IGP BANS FSARS #EndSars #SarsAlert wizkid pic.twitter.com/3wq71VPHgs
— Akwu N’Esi Obi Ike (@Uzomaka_Kelechi) October 4, 2020