Nigerians launch #EndSARS campaign on Twitter
A Police SARS operative: Nigerians launch the #EndSARS campaign on Twitter Pic NAN
London, Dec. 3, 2017 (NAN/AltAfrika)-Nigerians have launched an #EndSARS campaign on Twitter, detailing atrocities committed by the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad and called for its scrapping.
The #EndSARS campaign as at 2pm was number one on Twitter. And it was immediately followed by over 400,000 tweets on the Police themselves.
In posts after posts, Nigerians recounted horrible, harrowing encounters with SARS, the dreaded squad of the police, set up to fight banditry. Often, the men went off course to torment innocent Nigerians.
Here are some 10 tweets detailing one horrible thing said about SARS by the campaigners:
2015: It was about 6.40pm, somewhere around Federal Secretariat, Abuja. A friend and I were concluding a brief discussion in my car when SARS men quickly drove in front of us and blocked my car. Like an action film, they jumped off theirs, swung my car doors open… /1
People are not supposed to be afraid of the people that are supposed to be looking after us. A couple weeks ago, at almost midnight, my friends and I had a gun pointed at us for laughing. For laughing. #EndSARS#ActuallyTakeGunsAwayFromTriggerHappyPeopleWhoHideBehindTheUniform!
Here’s another video of men of the SARS unit manhandling a citizen for refusing to enter their vehicle.
This video clearly shows them attack another citizen for trying to plead with them. #EndSARS#NaijaViralshttps://twitter.com/BawseHarry/status/937040882221666304/video/1 …
The SARS officers here in Abuja are actually criminals legally carrying guns.
You see them at Area 1, Durumi, Garki Village, smoking weed, sniffing all sorts of dangerous drugs among criminals with guns in their hands, I see them & just shake my head. #EndSARS#EndSarsBrutality
As the Twitter storm raged, the police hurriedly announced emergency lines for public complaints, according to a post by Channels TV:
But a Nigerian complained in another tweet that he had been blocked by Assistant Police Commissioner, Abayomi Sogunle, who heads the Police Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit:
Sogunle responded in his own tweet why he did so: “Yes we can disagree 24/7 on everything but the use of vulgar/unacceptable words or uncouth behaviour on my TL = Twitter #Block. Advise all those “Yomi Shogunle has blocked me” to test their Twitter block case in court”
Former vice-president Atiku Abubakar, who now frequently uses Twitter like Donald Trump, joined in the campaign and urged government to remedy the situation: