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Nigerians to protest in 9 states and Abuja against SARS operations

Nigerians to protest in 9 states and Abuja against SARS operations

- Nigerians have started mobilising for a protest to end the alleged brutality carried out by SARS operatives in the country

- The protest is to hold across nine states of the federation as well as Abuja

The cry for the federal government to scrap the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) is taking a new momentum with a planned protest by Nigerians in nine states and Abuja.

“This is a protest to stop SARS brutality, intimidation, extortion and killings,” a flyer currently circulating on social media and endorsed by human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, said.

According to the announcement, the protest will hold simultaneously across the states and Abuja on Monday, December 11.

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The listed areas are Lagos, Port Harcourt in Rivers state, Warri in Delta state, Ibadan in Oyo, Awka in Anambra, Makurdi in Benue, Jos in Plateau, Kaduna and Owerri in Imo.

The ‘end SARS’ rally is to be held across the states in commemoration of the World Human Rights Day. earlier reported how Innibehe Effiong recently pleaded for the complete overhaul of SARS by the Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris.

Effiong said operatives of SARS have become willing tools in the hands of Nigerians who could afford their services to deal with other citizens.

“When Nigerians want to deal with their fellow citizens, they will rather deploy SARS than report at a conventional police station.

“The reason is that SARS strikes fear in the hearts of the citizens. The average policeman in SARS does not understand why torture is wrong.

“I do not believe that the cosmetic changes announced by the Inspector-General of Police will have consequential effects.

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“What we need is a complete overhaul of the entire police system. We cannot divorce the brazen criminality of the SARS from the general systemic rot in the force,” a statement from him read.

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