End Special Anti-Robbery Squad (End SARS) or #EndSARS is a social movement in Nigeria that started on Twitter calling for banning of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a unit of the Nigerian Police Force. It is a call to end police oppression and brutality in Nigeria. The protests started as a social media campaign using the hashtag #ENDSARS to demand for Nigeria's government to scrap and end the deployment of Nigeria Police Force Special Anti-Robbery Squad, popularly known as SARS. Within a weekend (9-11 October, 2020), the #ENDSARS hashtag had up to 28 million tweets.
Nigerians have shared both stories and video evidence of how members of SARS engaged in kidnapping, murder, theft, rape, torture, unlawful arrests, high-handedness, humiliation, unlawful detention, extrajudicial killings, and extortion
SARS officers profile youths largely based on appearance; mount illegal road blocks, stop and search, arrest without warrant, rape women, extort young Nigerians for driving exotic vehicles and using iPhones.
While some claimed victory as the Nigerian Police Force dissolved the Special Anti-Robbery Squad on Sunday, October 11, 2020,others noted similar promises had been made in recent years and the government planned to reassign SARS officers rather than eliminate them entirely.
The government has continued to repress protests with lethal force despite the announcement.The campaigners moved from social media to organized, peaceful protests in Abuja, Lagos, Ibadan, Osun, Benin, Delta, Ilorin, Ogbomosho, Owerri and other Nigerian cities and states, promising to continue if the government refused to disband the force. #Endsars
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