Last weekend, Nigerians protested on the streets against brutality by the police unit Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Although the police announced the dissolution of SARS, Nigerians have no confidence in the response, especially given that protesters were attacked even after said dissolution—and a young man, Jimoh Isiaq, was killed. And so the protests continue this week in different cities.
Now a new website, endsars.com, has been created to collect stories of citizens’ encounters with SARS officers. It includes videos, photos, and accounts from Nigerians.
Otosirieze Obi-Young is Editor of Folio Nigeria, where he profiles innovators and facilitators in culture: art, business, entertainment, activism, health, food. He is a writer, journalist, curator, media consultant, former academic, and Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Open Country Mag, a new online platform covering African literature. In 2019, he received the inaugural The Future Awards Africa Prize for Literature. In 2020, he was named among "The 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians" by Avance Media. Find him on otosirieze.com or on Twitter & Insta: @otosirieze.