Tiwa Savage, Falz, Runtown and other Nigerian celebrities have lead a multitudes of Nigerian youth to embark on a peaceful protest against the Special Anti-robbery Squad “SARS” because of their incessant killing and brutality of Nigeria civilians and citizens. There has been a constant uproar about the brutality meted out on Nigerians by the Special Anti-robbery Squad, popularly known as SARS.
While in the past, the government introduced several reforms to the squad, the people, this time around are demanding that this police unit be abolished. The three days protest, today being the second day, has seen so many Nigerian artistes and celebrities such as Tiwa Savage, Runtown, Falz, Wulrd and DJ Spinall coming out to say “No to SARS”.
Speaking at the protest, Falz said:
We are here to let our intention to be known that we do not want Sars anymore. They come with all sort of stories about reform what they are allowed and what they are not allowed to do but it is about time to completely abolish SARS, that is why we are here.
Nigerian singers Runtown and Falz were recently at the forefront of an EndSARS protest which went down in Lagos. The two entertainers were joined by fellow celebrities, popular social media influencers and aggrieved youths to protest against the brutality on Nigerians by SARS operatives.
Whether as a celebrity or a regular citizen, there is no doubt that a lot of Nigerian residents have suffered mistreatments at the hands of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives and this was the reason for a recent EndSARS protest in Lagos led by musicians Tiwa Savage, Runtown and Falz.
Recall that a previous protest would have been held on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 but rapper Naira Marley who was to lead the procession made a last-minute cancellation and opted for an interview with police spokesperson, DCP Frank Mba.
Following the disappointing cancellation, aggrieved youths who had been eager to hit the streets came out in their numbers to support Falz, Tiwa Savage and Runtown on Thursday, October 8, 2020 to protest. The youths were seen with different placards with wordings about the injustice being meted out on citizens by those who should be protecting them. Interestingly, some other celebrities who have been agitating for the end of the special police unit on social media also took time out to join the protest on the streets of Lagos and Abuja respectively.
Just a few days after rapper Naira Marley made a last-minute cancellation of his much anticipated EndSARS protest, fellow celebrities Tiwa Savage, Runtown and Falz have picked up the mantle. The entertainers who announced that the protest will be taking place on Thursday, October 8, 2020 kept to their words as they hit the streets of Lagos to protest against the disturbing activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives in the country.
However, protesters made sure to keep COVID-19 preventive measures as they were all seen wearing nose masks and face masks. Pictures and videos from the protest which have surfaced on social media captured the youths raising placards with wordings that condemned SARS menace and how youths are threatened by those who are supposed to keep them safe.
In a related story previously reported, it was gathered that Naira Marley had an Instagram live session with police spokesperson DCP Frank Mba, following the cancellation of his planned protest. DCP Mba in the live chat gave fresh assurances as it regards the conducts of SARS operatives in different parts of the country. He said the operatives have been cautioned against going through the phones and laptops of citizens.
Similarly, DCP Mba said all routine checkpoints in the country have been halted and the SARS men are only required to hit the streets in cases of robbery. But Nigerians are saying they don’t need reformation of SARS rather they need a complete ban and abolishment of SARS from the surface of the earth.