CitizensAlert shares the video that sparked nationwide outrage that ultimately led to the #EndSARS protest in October of 2020.
For a long time, officers of the Anti-Robbery Squad [known simply by their acronym SARS] had become a menace to the Nigerian society.
The police unit was established in late 1992 to combat armed robbery, vehicle theft, kidnapping, etc. It operated under the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department [FCIID] which at the time was headed by Anthony Ogbizi, a Deputy Inspector General of Police at the time.
However, despite the good intentions associated with the founding objectives of the police unit, SARS soon became notorious for brutal human rights violations. Some of the crimes associated with SARS included: blackmail, extrajudicial killings, armed robbery, illegal organ trade, torture, invasion of privacy, extortion, forced disappearances, rape and several other crimes that later became prevalent.
The police unit, which became a national scourge owing to its illegal activities, was also known for harassing young Nigerians with expensive phones, cars and those with dreadlocks.
On October 3, 2020, SARS officers killed a young man in front of a hotel in Ughelli, Delta State, and then snatched his car for no known offence. A video of the incident went viral on social media, which increased the already overflowing acrimony between young Nigerian citizens and SARS officers that ultimately led to #EndSARS protest that broke out in October of that year.
The killing in Ughelli brought everything to a head and birthed one of the major protests to ever rock Nigeria.
See the video below: