Nigerians remember victims of Police brutality, identify SARS officers
Many Nigerians have taken to social media to recall the countless victims brutalised by officers of the disbanded rogue police unit, Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). There are also images of police officers who allegedly killed people they arrested.
The protesters across Lagos held a candle night for all the victims as they demanded that all the officers who are alleged to have had a hand in their death and brutality should be brought to book. the candle night was attended by an unprecendented crowd of protesters.
On Saturday, many online protesters were posting pictures of officers that they alleged hand a hand in the death of one victim or the other with the hashtag #ArrestKillerOfficers .
“Dear @ekitistategov , Have you #ArrestKillerOfficers that killed two of my brothers in Ekiti when the wife of @kfayemi visited FuOye. We need answers as we would be taking the PROTEST to the Governor office till we get answers and justice,” tweeted Tosin Olugbenga, a software blockchain engineer.
This is coming after the Presidential panel set up to recommend reforms for SARS submitted its report to the Police Service Commission (PSC). In the report, the panel recommended the dismissal of 37 former SARS officers and the prosecution of 24 others for professional misconduct.
“Some families will never see their sons and Daughters again, A single Police officer had killed over 100 people and drowned their bodies and you’re there not still bothered about this protest,” a protester named @EbireFameMusik tweeted.
One officer whose name kept showing up in several tweets is an Assistant Supritendent of Police (ASP) called James Nwafor. The officer who was a former member of the dreaded SARS unit allegedly was complicit in the deaths of many detainees of the squad in Anambra. He was later recruited as the Chief Security Officer to Governor Willie Obiano.
“Governor Obiano rewarded a mass murderer & made him SSA to his government. ASP James Nwafor has been the monster behind the disappearances and the extra-judicial killings in Akwuzu SARS. We demand he’s brought to justice. Justice for Chijioke Adams and many others,” tweeted Victor Ejikeme.
Nwafor was said to be so notorious that he named himself ‘Obata Obie’ and he reportedly took it literally to the extent that once he steps into a situation, life ends.
The officer was later sacked on Saturday by Governor Obiano who also promised to have him prosecuted.
The question on many protesters lips is “When will these men pay for what they have done?”