Catholic Bishops In Nigeria Back #EndSARS Protests
Catholic Bishops in Nigeria have endorsed the #EndSARS protests across various cities in Nigeria, describing it as “an accurate representation of the problem in the country” which is morally justified.
We report that protesting youth in Nigeria wants the end to police brutalization and extrajudicial killings of Nigerians.
The protesters have been on the streets for more than a week now, protesting
the brutalities, humiliation, and extortion of Nigerians, especially the youths.
On Sunday, October 11, 2020, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu
disbanded SARS following a widespread protest from Nigerians worldwide.
However, since the announcement they have scrapped SARS, the protesters have refused to leave the streets,
which a Presidential Advisory Committee says might force the Federal Government to take drastic measures against the protesting youths.
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On the backdrop of the protests, Catholic Bishops in Nigeria in a statement on Saturday,
Most Rev. Augustine Obiora Akubeze, President of Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN),
said they had wasted many lives through unnecessary brutality and wrong application of force.
The Catholic Bishops while demanding justice for all victims of SARS brutality and police brutality
and a review of the welfare of the policemen who have poorly been deprived by
the system advised the concerned youths to avoid any form of violence during the protests.
Part of the statement read,
“Thus the cries of our children protesting against the brutality of SARS that manifests in extrajudicial killings, unlawful arrests, profiling of youths as criminals, the invasion of youths privacy by searching phones and laptops without any warrant or any just cause, and the incarceration of many of the youths in the SARS custody without trial.
“We the members of the CBCN have followed the protests with keen interest and call on the Federal Government of Nigeria once again to listen to the cry for justice so that peace can reign in our country. The protests seem to have a life of its own, and it is spreading all over the country; this shows that most Nigerians are facing the same oppression and brutality inflicted by the SARS.