Angry Nigerians on Thursday stormed the premises of force headquarters in Abuja to protest against the continuous harassment and intimidation of Nigerians by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Notable among the activists were Presidential Candidate for African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2019 general elections, Comrade Omoyele Sowore; Co-conveners BringBackOurGirls (BBOG), Aisha Yesufu; and Coordinator Concerned Nigerians Group (CNG), Deji Adeyanju among others.
The protesters vowed not to leave the premises of the facility until Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Muhammed, come out to address them.
The placards carrying youths came out in droves and stormed the force headquarters to express their displeasure over the continuous brutality of innocent Nigerians by the special squad.
The protesters turned down the entreaties by the Force Public Relations Officers, Frank Mba, who had earlier came out to address them as they insisted to see police boss.
Mba was interrupted shortly after he was about to addressing the protesters which led to the pandemonium.
The protest was climaxed with the use of animal blood to engraving #ENDSARS inscriptions on the floor to demanding for the total scrapping of the special squad and prosecution of the officers who have killed innocent Nigerians.
Protesters demanded for the compensation of the families of the victims of SARS brutality.
Sowore, while addressing newsmen during the protest that lasted for almost two hours, said it is imperative for police authorities to look into the matter as well as listen to the voice of Nigerians and scrap the unit without further delay.
According to him: “What we are saying is that they should scrap the notorious unit of this police because they are claiming to have banned them several times. They have been killing young and promising Nigerians across the country, and they gave us flimsy excuses.
Addressing the protesters on behalf of IGP , Frank Mba said ” The IGP had heard your voices very clearly even before this protest began and that was why certain interventions were made over the weekend as at time those were made we had no ideas that you are planning to even come to protest and yet the IGP proactively dished out certain instructions that SARS operatives and other members of the tactical units would not be allowed to be on the road.
” He made it clear that no police officers whether you are SARS operatives or not be allowed to come out patrolling the streets or conducting stop and search in mufti.
” He made it clear that no police officers would be allowed to unlawfully or indiscriminately check the phones or computers or other smart devices of Nigerians.
Recall that a graphic footage showing officers from Nigeria’s “Sars” police unit dragging two men from a hotel in Lagos and shooting one of them in the street has sparked mass fury across the country and fuelled long-held demands for reform.