#EndSARS Protest Hits Osun: SARS is unreformable, scrap it completely, Nigerian Youths tell IG
By Ekene Agbor, Osogbo
The trending#EndSARS protests on Friday hit Osogbo, Osun State capital as scores of Nigerian youths called for the total scrap of the ‘killer-squad.’
For these protesting Nigerians, SARS situation has gone beyond reform and that the Inspector General of Police, IGP Adamu Muhammad should abolish the unit completely.
They said the country couldn’t tolerate the brutality and extra-judicial killings perpetrated by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the police, hence, its total stoppage.
The protesters stormed the popular Olaiya junction among other areas in Osogbo while chanting songs to drive home their demands.
With placards bearing inscriptions such as “#EndSARS, ‘Nigeria Police Stop Killing Us’, ‘We Say No To Brutal Injustice’, ‘Stop Killing Nigerian Youths’, ‘We Are Not Animals’, among others, they matched on the streets and caused traffic gridlock.
The demonstrators laster took their protest to the Osun State Government Secretariat, Abere and sought for dialogue with top government officials.
The protesters numbering about four hundred insisted that they were not going to leave the Secretariat unless they were being attended to by a Government official or the State Governor.
In a chat with News Boom, the spokeperson for the demonstrators, Gbenga Olaleye, called on Inspector General of Police to as a matter of urgency, proscribe the operatives of the SARS, saying they would continue to stage the protest to press home their demand until the unit is faced out.
“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.”
“I urge the government to rise to the occasion and nip this monstrosity in the bud with the seriousness it deserves.
“It’s expedient that the activities of SARS are reviewed to ensure that the rogue elements are excused from the unit and sanity returned to its operations.”
“Just about three weeks ago, we all know what happened in Osogbo here where promising youth of the country was chased to death. Should we continue to watch them kill us? No! We are the future of this country and they should stop killing us,” Olaleye said.