A video wherein a man, believed to be a mobile police officer, could be seen participating in the ongoing #EndSARS protest in Lagos, has surfaced onli
A video wherein a man, believed to be a mobile police officer, could be seen participating in the ongoing #EndSARS protest in Lagos, has surfaced online and gone viral.
Youths on Saturday continued their #EndSARS protests in Lagos State despite an appeal for calm by the President, Muhammadu Buhari. The youths are protesting in some states of the federation including Lagos state.
On Friday, the president had appealed to hundreds of Nigerians to be patient with the government, assuring them that FSARS would be reformed.
“Our determination to reform the police should never be in doubt. I am being briefed regularly on the reform efforts ongoing to end police brutality and unethical conduct and ensure that the Police are fully accountable to the people.
“The IGP already has my firm instructions to conclusively address the concerns of Nigerians regarding these excesses, and ensure erring personnel is brought to justice. I appeal for patience and calm, even as Nigerians freely exercise their right to peacefully make their views known,” Buhari tweeted.
In the short footage, the Police officer, clad in a vest belonging to the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), is seen venting his anger against operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
He said his brother was arrested by SARS officials and was only released after he paid an undisclosed amount of money.
“They arrested my brother…me we I be officer, do you know how much I paid? God punish them,” he could be heard venting in pidgin English.
There have been increased protests against the police unit over the alleged harassment and extrajudicial killings of Nigerians by its operatives, with many calling for its proscription.
The renewed protests against SARS started last Saturday after a video showing a man allegedly gunned down in Delta by its officials went viral.