Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Nigerians caution against allowing EndSARS protest to be hijacked



As the EndSARS campaign continues many lovers of the protest are cautioning against allowing it to be hijacked by criminals

The reaction of concerned residents followed reports that the ranks of the protesters had been infiltrated by people who want SARS to end so they can perpetrate their nefarious acts unhindered

Orange FM’s Otobot Jim reports that for over a week, thousands of protesters across the country have been protesting against the harassment, extortion, and extrajudicial killings perpetrated by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

This, the police authorities in response to the outcry and demand of the protesters disbanded the SARS unit.

Days later, the police boss Muhammad Adamu announced that the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Squad would serve as its replacement.
And despite this pronouncement, youths across the country are still not satisfied as demonstrations and protests have continued to heighten up nationwide with hashtags EndSWAT, EndSARS, End PoliceBrutality among others.

Many of the protesters see the mere change of the unit’s name as not enough to reform the police.

In their five- point demands, the protesters are demanding justice for victims of police brutality, police reforms, salary increment for the police, freedom of people in captivity for no good reason among others.

In Ondo state, the situation is not different as protesters had taken to major streets of Akure.

However some people who spoke to Orange FM said it is important to sift the grain from the chaff

On freedom for those arrested by SARS and police a respondent who pleaded anonymity said their release without ascertaining their innocence will encourage criminality in the society.

A public affairs Analyst, Gbenga Abimbola, called on the youths to exercise restraint and act within the law.

A security expert , Folusho Saka emphasized the need for security personnel to adhere strictly to ethical conduct.

The Police Image Maker Tee Leo Ikoro while affirming the right of Nigerians to embark on peaceful protests, read the riot act to those who may wish to take advantage of the protests to perpetrate crime

It is hoped that youths will be patient with government as addresses the multi-dimensional problems.