- Hundreds of youths joined protests against SARS in Ibadan on Tuesday, October 13
- The protesters called on the NASS to pass a law that would finally put an end to the activities of SARS in Nigeria
- Some prominent Nigerians have also lent their voices to the call for the total disbandment of SARS
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Following the alleged brutality and harassment of innocent Nigerians by the operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad, some aggrieved youths staged a peaceful protest in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state on Tuesday, October 13.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Ibadan, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that the protesters gathered at the main gate of the University of Ibadan before they marched to some areas within the city.
It was gathered that the protesters could not gain entry into the state secretariat as the main gate was shut, adding that the state governor, Seyi Makinde, could not address them.
The commissioner for youth and sports, Seun Fakorede, was on the ground to identify with the protesters.
One of the protesters Adesewa Adekoya said the protest was to register their displeasure over the abuse of power by officers of SARS.
"We are here on the road to protest police brutality against fellow youth and people in general. It is not about banning SARS, it is about general reform of the Nigerian Police."
While speaking on the essence of the protest, another protester, who did not want his name mentioned, said there should be justice for every single person killed by SARS.
"The essence of the protest is to ensure that we get justice for every single person that has been killed. I have not been harassed does not mean that I should not protest.
"I should go out there and protest because I want just for every person who has been killed and I don't want my loved ones to be killed."
Speaking on the banning of SARS, the protester said:
"We don't want just words of mouth, we want legislative backing. If it is not coming from the Senate and House of Representatives, we have not got what we want. We want the seal of the Senate and House of Reps, period!"
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported protesters in Rivers state defied Governor Nyesom Wike's directive and hit the street in a demonstration against police brutality in the state.
It was reported that the governor said protests were unnecessary since the controversial SARS police unit had been dissolved by the inspector general of police, Mohammed Adamu, on Sunday, October 11, amid nationwide outrage.
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