If Your Parents Don’t Understand #EndSARS, Send This To Them

October 12, 2020

Every Monday morning, Zikoko’s new Citizen series “Politics 101” will curate the biggest news stories that made the rounds over the weekend, including the most significant news stories we’re tracking in the new week.

In the past week, Nigeria has experienced it’s biggest protest since 1993. The #EndSARS protest is a peaceful but powerful movement against police brutality in Nigeria, both generally, and specifically by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigerian Police.

Charged with the responsibility of fighting crime and given the powers to prosecute offenders, SARS has lost control. In the past few years, and probably because of the ease in information dissemination thanks to mobile devices, social media and high-speed internet, Nigerians have told stories with both text and video about kidnapping, rape, torture, unlawful arrests, high-handedness, humiliation, unlawful detention, extortion and extrajudicial killings by SARS.

Over the years, Nigerians have come together to speak up about the SARS problem and over the years, the Nigerian Governments have promised to either reform or scrap the unit, yet, nothing was done.

In December 2017, the Inspector General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, banned SARS from conducting “stop and search operations”, except when necessary.

In August 2018, Professor Yemi Osinbajo stated that he had directed the Inspector General of Police to “overhaul the management and activities of SARS”, with immediate effect.

In January 2019, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu ordered the immediate “disbandment” of SARS.

In June 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the Inspector-General of Police, the Ministry of Justice and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to “work out modalities for the implementation of the report of the Presidential Panel on the Reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) within three months”.

In October 2020, the “Presidency”, the President, the Vice-President and the Inspector-General of Police made announcements about SARS and so-called reforms.

After all this information, you are probably wondering: “If the government has been trying to scrap the unit for years, it must have been doing something wrong. So why does it still exist?”

The unit has been held responsible for so much crime over the past couple of years and the justice system doesn’t seem to be working to put serve justice to victims.

In many reported cases, SARS operates by profiling young people who seem to have some form of perceived wealth, torturing them and extorting them. Many people have told stories of being taken against their wills to banks and ATMs to withdraw huge sums of money. Many killings happen because people resist.

A common misconception is that #EndSARS protesters are criminals who want the unit disbanded so that they can perpetuate crime freely, but this is false. Read this article to see some of the innocent young victims of SARS: #EndSars: Stories On Sars Brutality

Many people have tagged the #EndSARS movement as political. But it’s far from that. Even when Revolution Now supporters tried to politicize the protests, they were shut down. What people want is simple. They want the government to scrap the unit that is killing, torturing and extorting so many young people without cause. And that’s not too much to ask.

We spoke with people above 50 about what they think about the #EndSARS movement. Here’s what they had to say: We Asked Some Older People What They Think About The #EndSARS Movement

We hope you’ve learned a thing or two about how to unfuck yourself when the Nigerian government moves mad. Check back every weekday by 10am for more Zikoko Citizen explainers.

You'll like this

August 19, 2020

Nigerian traders in Ghana have being complaining of unfair treatment and the forceful closure of their shops in the country. The video above, recorded by a Nigerian trader in Ghana is a good place to begin. For the past few days, Nigerian traders have been appealing to the Nigerian government, claiming that their shops are […]

David Odunlami

Join The Conversation

Bring a friend.

Watch

Now on Zikoko

October 22, 2020

Let’s start here: On the 20th of October, 2020, armed men of the Nigerian army allegedly shot at peaceful protesters in the recent #EndSars movement. It is estimated that at least twelve people were killed in Lagos, and hundred more were injured around Nigeria. In light of this unfortunate and avoidable incident, we decided to […]

October 22, 2020

This article contains updates on occurrences related to the general national unrest outside Lagos that you might have missed. We’ll keep updating it. Seyi Makinde addressing protesters in Ibadan The Oyo State Governor took to the streets of Ibadan yesterday to address protesters and the general public and to tell them that peace would return […]

October 22, 2020

Yesterday, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu addressed the state following the massacre of innocent civilians at the Lekki toll-gate the previous night. Here’s the speech. After watching him struggle for over seven minutes to deliver his speech, we were able to pick out some of the stuff we couldn’t just stand. See: 1. The lies […]

October 22, 2020

Recently, there has been an increasing occurrence of social media accounts broadcasting and spreading fake news. In one instance, a Twitter user posted a photo of Aisha Yesufu, a prominent activist purportedly showing her relaxing in her living room with her husband while #EndSARS protesters are on the streets. The photo was actually of her […]

Recommended Quizzes

March 24, 2020

While we know that a lot of the best Nigerian artists deservedly have fans across generations, that won’t stop us from attempting to guess how old you are based on your taste in Nigerian music. So, take this quiz to see if we got it right:

December 11, 2019

In the past month, we’ve made quizzes that guessed the last time you had sex, how many people you’ve slept with, and just how good you are in bed. For our latest attempt, we will use your taste in Nigerian music from the 2010s to ascertain what you’re like in bed. Take to find out:

April 14, 2020

Every friend group consists of very different and specific characters — from the parent to the fun one — and it can be a little tough figuring out where you fall. So, we’ve created a quiz that lets you know exactly what kind of friend you are. Take to find out:

More from Citizen

October 22, 2020

Let’s start here: On the 20th of October, 2020, armed men of the Nigerian army allegedly shot at peaceful protesters in the recent #EndSars movement. It is estimated that at least twelve people were killed in Lagos, and hundred more were injured around Nigeria. In light of this unfortunate and avoidable incident, we decided to […]

October 22, 2020

This article contains updates on occurrences related to the general national unrest outside Lagos that you might have missed. We’ll keep updating it. Seyi Makinde addressing protesters in Ibadan The Oyo State Governor took to the streets of Ibadan yesterday to address protesters and the general public and to tell them that peace would return […]

October 22, 2020

Yesterday, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu addressed the state following the massacre of innocent civilians at the Lekki toll-gate the previous night. Here’s the speech. After watching him struggle for over seven minutes to deliver his speech, we were able to pick out some of the stuff we couldn’t just stand. See: 1. The lies […]

October 22, 2020

Recently, there has been an increasing occurrence of social media accounts broadcasting and spreading fake news. In one instance, a Twitter user posted a photo of Aisha Yesufu, a prominent activist purportedly showing her relaxing in her living room with her husband while #EndSARS protesters are on the streets. The photo was actually of her […]

October 21, 2020

The Nigerian military has a well-documented history of killing unarmed civilians. Listed below are five times the Nigerian military has killed unarmed civilians. 1. Baga Massacre, 2013 On 16 April 2013, 200 civilians were killed and over 2,000 houses were destroyed, with many other people injured in the village of Baga, Borno State, Nigeria. Refugees, […]

October 20, 2020

Earlier today, the Lagos government declared a 24-hour-curfew starting 4pm. However protesters and people who couldn’t go home on such short notice remained at the Lekki toll-gate. News have however reached us that peaceful protesters and people at the toll-gate are being shot at. Here’s what’s happening: To watch it live, click here. For more […]

October 20, 2020

If the president is not moving fast with police reforms, we can submit a petition to the National Assembly. 24-hour Curfew Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has imposed a 24-hour curfew on all parts of Lagos State as from 4 pm, 20th October 2020. He also added that only essential service providers and first responders “must be […]

October 20, 2020

On October 31, 2020, there will be by-elections in Bayelsa Central Senatorial District; Bayelsa West Senatorial District; Nganzai State Constituency, Borno State; Cross River North Senatorial District and Obudu State Constituency, Cross River State. Other by-elections will hold in Imo North Senatorial District, Lagos East Senatorial District; Kosofe 2 State Constituency, Lagos State; Plateau South […]

October 19, 2020

1. Food If you don’t have groceries at home, I don’t know what to tell you. With everything going on, it might be a little difficult or even near impossible to order food from restaurants. But hey, na who dey alive dey order food. 2. Data We’ve all seen how social media has played a […]

Watch

Trending Videos

Zikoko Originals

June 22, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
June 22, 2020
Hacked is an interesting new series by Zikoko made up of fictional but hilarious chat conversations.
June 4, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
June 2, 2020
Quickie is a video series where everyone featured gets only one minute to rant, review or do absolutely anything.
May 14, 2020
Isolation Diary is a Zikoko series that showcases what isolation is like for one young Nigerian working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
March 12, 2020
Life is already hard. Deciding where to eat and get the best lifestyle experiences, isn't something you should stress about. Let VRSUS do that for you.
February 6, 2020
Who doesn't want to find love? In our bid to help, we paired up a bunch of single Nigerians, sending them on an all-expense paid date, and interviewing them before and after they met.
January 27, 2020
Nigerians Talk is what happened when a motley crew of young Nigerians were put in front of a camera and asked a bunch of apparently random questions about life, love, money and more.
September 24, 2019
A group of Zikoko staff go on a road trip to every mainland country in ECOWAS West Africa

Z! Stacks

Here's a rabbit hole of stories to lose yourself in:

Zikoko amplifies African youth culture by curating and creating smart and joyful content for young Africans and the world.
X