- Vice President Yemi Osinbajo's nephew, Laolu, has lent his voice to the movement against SARS brutality
- In a lengthy Instagram post, the young man recounted his experience with a trigger-happy police officer
- Laolu went on to condemn the harassment, extortion and killing of innocent citizens
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As Nigerians continue with the movement to end the abuse of power by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) more Nigerians including celebrities are speaking out.
Laolu Osinbajo, the nephew of Nigeria's vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, is one among the many Nigerians who have condemned police brutality in the country.
In a lengthy post shared via his Instagram page, he recounted a conversation he had with a police officer who was of the opinion that traffic offenders should be shot to deter others from breaking rules.
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Laolu revealed that the officer had a change of heart after he made him see how wrong he was. He went on to condemn the abuse by officers of the law.
Part of his post reads:
"In 2019 I had a conversation with a police man who told me that traffic offenders should be shot. He literally pointed his fingers like a gun and said “pka!”. He felt that this would instantly discourage other road users from doing the same.
"I was appalled and deeply concerned how anyone could think this way. So I sat down outside with him to understand his thinking. He said Nigerians are “stubborn”. I explained to him, his role as an enforcer of the laws of Nigeria and also how this ties into him being a good Christian. I pointed to him his own stubbornness in refusing to operate within the laws he has sworn to enforce. Almost 2 hours into the conversation, he began to see things differently. I could tell he was sorry for his way of thinking and I charged him to do better and be better.
"It is truly disheartening that anyone would look at another person and not see value in their life. After all, the life each and everyone of us has is Christ. However, the darkness of our hearts won’t allow us to see this. This is the single greatest failure of all mankind. I humbly appeal to all members of our police force to do what they know is right. Harassing, extorting and killing innocent people is not right. Put an end to this immediately. May God help you all to carry out your duties with integrity in Jesus name. Amen."
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In a similar story, popular disk jockey and singer, DJ Cuppy, joined other Nigerians including several other celebrities to speak out against the abuse of power by SARS officers.
In a recent tweet shared to her Twitter account, the Original Copy crooner asked Nigerians to forgive her for not speaking out concerning the police brutality many citizens have suffered.
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