Ijebu-Ode, 15 October, 2020 / 5:38 pm (ACI Africa).
The ongoing protests against police brutality in Nigeria has attracted support from individuals and bodies in Africa’s most populous country, one latest support coming from a Catholic Prelate who terms the nationwide demonstrations "a step in the right direction."
"The protest is a step in the right direction, meaning that Nigerians can stand for what they want and voice it out," Bishop Francis Obafemi Adesina of Nigeria’s Ijebu-Ode Diocese has been quoted as saying in a report shared with ACI Africa Wednesday, October 14.
For over a week, citizens of the west African nation have taken to the streets and held online campaigns against the controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) under #EndSARSprotest lamenting about kidnappings, harassment, extortions and extrajudicial killing by security officers under SARS.
The country’s Inspector of Police announced the disbandment of SARS October 11 “with immediate effect,” with its members expected to be redeployed to other police formations, commands and units. The force had existed as a branch of the Nigerian Police Force.
While protestors have acknowledged with appreciation the government’s decision to disband the police force, they have lamented, through street demonstrations, the redeployment of the officers without investigating them.