Nigeria’s largest state has been put under a twenty-four hour-long curfew by the State Governor following raging protests by the people of Nigeria against the never-ending police brutality that’s become rampant and has resulted in the loss of life.
The Governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu said Tuesday that a 24-hour curfew would be imposed, banning all but essential workers and first responders from the streets after 4 pm local time.
This comes after what seemed like a peaceful protest dubbed #ENDSARS against the Special Anti Robbery Squad, a notorious branch of the Nigerian police force turned violent and marred by a record of bloodshed and active crime.
The protests kicked off in 2017 as a Twitter campaign using the hashtag #ENDSARS demanding that the Nigerian government eliminate the force. The protests intensified in 2020 across cities in Nigeria, with Nigerians all over the world sharing both stories and video evidence of how members of SARS engaged in kidnapping, murder, theft, rape, torture, unlawful arrests, humiliation, unlawful detention, extrajudicial killings, and extortion in Nigeria.
SARS officers have been alleged to profile youths based on fashion choices, mount illegal roadblocks and searches, conduct unwarranted temperature checks, arrest without warrant, rape women, and extort young Nigerians for driving exotic vehicles and using iPhones.
Protests have been ongoing despite the Nigerian government agreeing to disband the notorious branch of the police. Protesters have gone ahead to bring forth their grievances as a state but have been met with excessive force by the police and its agencies with some people losing their lives.