Sunday, March 26, 2023

#EndSARS: Nigerians move to shutdown airports until brutal squad is dissolved

The protesters give President Muhammadu Buhari 24 hours to announce immediate prosciption of the embattled police unit.

β€’ October 9, 2020
Murtala Muh'd Int'l Airport
Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA)

Nigerians on Friday threatened to organise a sit-in along the roads leading to major airports across the country should President Buhari fail to announce the proscription of the embattle special anti-robbery squad.

Last week, police Inspector-General Muhammed Adamu said he understood the campaigners’ demand, and even announced fresh guidelines on personnel conduct

Citizens and rights groups, including Amnesty International, however, said the measures announced by the police leadership were suspicious and insufficient.

The campaigners and some federal lawmakers, including Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and member Akin Alabi, want the police to yield first to their demand and scrap the SARS unit, then institute another squad to combat worsening insecurity. This week, Lagos, Abuja, Delta, Benin among others saw protracted protests demanding immediate end to police brutality in the country.

Yesterday, Peoples Gazette reported the harassment of protesters by police in Lagos, Benin, and Delta.

A social media user, Akeula Trendy, opened a campaign to picket roads leading to airports across the country.

Nigerians immediately expressed their intention to join the protests.

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