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#EndSARS Has Become a Rallying Cry for a New Nigerian Generation

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#EndSARS Has Become a Rallying Cry for a New Nigerian Generation

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In the early 1990s, the Nigerian government set up the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The squad was tasked with cracking down on violent crime. But what was once supposed to be a beacon of safety and hope turned into one of the most feared police groups in the world, with plainclothes officers profiling young, everyday citizens.

Many speculate that lack of governmental regulation and low salaries (recruits have a yearly salary of less than $300 USD) left officers open to bribery and eventually turned the squad into what we know it to be.

In early October, a graphic video of SARS officers dragging several people out of a hotel room in Lagos State and shooting one of them in the street, was shared on social media. At the same time, another video of an officer shooting another person in Delta State, stealing his car and speeding off, was circulating just as fast. Graphic videos of people being shot in cold blood, kidnapped, and extorted at the hands of SARS officers have been shared on social media consistently for years. But these recent videos caused organized protests the likes of which Nigeria hasn’t witnessed in recent history.

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