#EndSARS protesters have remained undaunted as they continued the mass action against police brutality while demanding the proscription of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The protests spiralled into various cities in Nigeria with agitators carrying placards reading, “#EndPoliceBrutality #EndSARS, #EndSarsImmediately.”
The protesters are decrying the constant harassment of youths in the hands of SARS operatives, lamenting the rate at which many young creatives are being battered and killed by the ‘ruthless’ police officers in the squad.
The protests took a different turn on Saturday after a young man identified as Jimoh Isiaq was reportedly shot dead during the demonstrations in Ogbomosho, Oyo State.
Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde confirmed Isiaq’s death in a tweet saying “I have received with deep sadness the news of the passing of one of our children, Jimoh Isiaka, who was shot during the ENDSARS protest in Ogbomoso. He later died at Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, earlier today.”
The incident fuelled the angst of Nigerian youths against the police as the protests extended to other parts of the nation, including Bayelsa State, Anambra, Ogun State, Abuja, Delta, Kaduna and many others.
It is worthwhile to note that the #EndSARS movement has drawn attention from both Nigerian and international celebrities including Trey Songz, Cardi B, Chance The Rapper, Big Sean, John Boyega amongst others.
As #EndSARS protests continue to garner more international attention, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered police authorities to sanction officers found stepping out of bounds.
The president specifically directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to “conclusively address the concerns of Nigerians regarding these excesses, and ensure erring personnel are brought to justice.”