Nigerians speak out to #EndSARS

What did it take to push young Nigerians to create this movement, and what do they expect to see next?

A Nigerian youth seen waving the Nigerian national flag in support of the continuing protest against the unjust brutality of The Nigerian Police Force Unit named Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Lagos on October 13, 2020. - Nigerians took to the streets once again on October 13, 2020, in several cities for fresh protests against police brutality, bringing key roads to a standstill in economic hub Lagos. Demonstrations organised on social media erupted earlier this month calling for the abolition of a notorious police unit accused of unlawful arrests, torture and extrajudicial killings. The government gave in to the demand on October 11, 2020, announcing that the federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was being disbanded in a rare concession to people power in Africa's most populous nation. (Photo by Benson Ibeabuchi / AFP) (AFP)

A movement to stop police brutality in Nigeria has taken over the streets – and international headlines. #EndSARS, the youth-led movement demanding an end to police violence, and specifically to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), has created a moment of reckoning for Nigeria’s government. We spoke to protesters to hear what they have seen over the past two weeks, and where they think the movement will take Nigeria next.

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Demonstrators throughout Nigeria.

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The team:

Abigail Ony Nwaohuocha and Negin Owliaei produced this episode with Priyanka Tilve, Dina Kesbeh, Ney Alvarez, Alexandra Locke, Amy Walters and Malika Bilal.

Alex Roldan is The Take’s sound designer. Natalia Aldana is the engagement producer. Stacey Samuel is The Take’s executive producer and Graelyn Brashear is Al Jazeera’s head of audio.

Source: Al Jazeera