By Ayo Onikoyi
No one noticed it coming despite the fact that it was lengthy coming. The dreaded police outfit, now disbanded Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS) has run it full course, leaving tears, blood and sorrow in its wake.
However all that’s now historical past because the youths who had been largely their victims have risen as much as demand change and alter appears to be on the horizon because the notorious unit of the Police Pressure has been scrapped and changed with one other unit christened Particular Weapons and Ways Crew (SWAT).
Sega Awosanya referred to as Segalink on social media is thought to have been the person who beat the drum to everybody’s ears however entertainers are those who fired the primary shot, beginning off a wildfire that has consumed the entire nation. To this point, the epicentre of the protests stays Lekki on the Island of Lagos the place most entertainers reside.
The protests started correct on Monday and was purported to take an even bigger dimension on Tuesday with singer and rapper, Naira Marley to guide the cost however that was to not be as he was leaned on by the police to again off. However that will not deter the likes of Falz, Runtown and others who made good their promise to step out on Tuesday. Since Tuesday the nation has been on fireplace with the group rising bigger by the second.
Quickly the protest grew to become a carnival, particularly on the Lekki Toll Gate the place protesters have been sleeping and holding a live performance of types since Wednesday night time. On Thursday a timetable of actions emerged on social media to intimate protesters with what to anticipate. Some organizations have been a part of the entire setup offering meals and drinks to protesters.
From the timetable, the itinerary on Thursday reads: Opening Aluta, protest, meals and drinks, pre-party and sleep. Friday reads: Opening Aluta, protest, meals and drinks, clubbing and sleep. For Saturday; Opening Aluta, protest, meals and drinks, reside soccer on the enormous display screen on the toll and sleep. And on Sunday which is billed as the ultimate day of the protest the plan is just about the identical besides the reside streaming of Pastor Adeyemi’s service.
“ I strongly consider the protest ought to proceed as a result of solely at the moment, I collected 20 Bigi Gala, 7 stick sweets and I can’t rely what number of Fanta I preserve when no one dey do birthday. At this place, I match use all these items to open store for Lagos. I encourage make #EndSwat be one month,” a protester by the title of @shank_comics tweeted.
Falz, Runtown, Don Jazzy, Wizkid, Davido, Naira Marley, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Genevieve Nnaji, Toyin Abraham, and virtually all entertainers have raised their voices in opposition to police brutality, demanding for complete reform of the Nigerian Police Pressure.