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Following Nigerian 60th Independent October 1, 2020, Citizens have been protesting against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad,( SARS) a unit of the Nigerian federal police force, whom their Job is to help fight Corruption and any cases of firearms, rather they continue to kill innocent people and raping of women after a video emerged of officers allegedly killing a man in form of a hotel and drove away in his Lexus SUV, Nigerians can no longer fold their arms and watch, Every Nigerian both Abroad and home joined t start the Rally #EndSars, internationally. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, a former military dictator, announced that SARS will be disbanded, but that promise has not been enough to quell the anger. Nigerians continue to protest globally.

demanding our freedom to at least live. At their core, the protests carry the same message: A country that allows state security agents to kill and abuse people with impunity is not a mature democracy. And, as in the United States, this is not the first time Nigerians have risen up against police brutality.

Amnesty International documented at least 82 cases of torture, extrajudicial killings, extortion and rape by SARS between January 2017 and May 2020. According to their report, victims held in SARS custody have been subjected to “mock execution, beating, punching and kicking, burning with cigarettes, waterboarding, near-asphyxiation with plastic bags, forcing detainees to assume stressful bodily positions and sexual violence.” Arrests and cases are rarely investigated. Despite the fact that Nigeria criminalized torture in 2017, no SARS officer has been convicted.

In December 2017, after a video circulated of SARS officers fleeing the scene after killing a man, Nigerians took to social media to share their stories of abusive encounters with the police. Back then the federal government promised all manner of reforms and investigations. But protest organizers were clear about what they wanted: SARS needed to be abolished.

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