Where do we begin. Let’s begin with the famous line ‘I’ll shoot you and nothing will happen’.
For the past few days the Nigerian youths have rallied like never before against the notorious police tactical unit and the police force in general.
The protests being made against FSARS (Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad) are extortion, assault, gun violence, rape, kidnapping and social profiling; the false assumptions that any young Nigerian using expensive gadgets, driving luxurious cars or flashy clothes are internet fraudsters.
These allegations have on for years but no justice is ever served for the officers or on behalf of their vicims.
The social profiling has led to the harassment of many young Nigerians and most cases result to unjustful killing of many young Nigerians with full lives ahead of them.
HOW DID WE GET HERE
Jealousy! from the Nigerian old-folks towards the young generation. In 2020 It still sounds alien or looks utopian to them when young people (Millennials and Gen-Z) earn good income through entrepreneurship and online businesses.
The idea of having a livelihood outside the public service and the 9-5 system is what these Old-folks cannot fathom.
This mentality, sadly is what enabled this stereotypic profiling of an average Nigerian youth who is financially buoyant or creative with his or her appearance.
But FSARS and police brutality might just become a thing of the past as Nigerian youths at home and in the diaspora regardless of religion, gender, social class, ethnicity come together to say enough is enough!
Although the notorious tactical police unit FSARS (Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad) has been disbanded. It is crucial to take note of the reversible unjust actions that has been carried by this rogue unit and the entire police force in general.
As we clamor for accountability and diligence of the Nigerian police force towards the citizens, Justice for the victims of police brutality and compensation for their families, we are not including one thing. One thing which needs to be seen to but unfortunately isn’t, is the immediate release of citizens wrongly imprisoned by FSARS and the entire police force.
A sad reality in Nigeria is that often times people get arrested for non-criminal offences.
Let’s take for example this scenario below.
“A tenant owes a landlord rent, the landlord can summon the police to get him arrested. Inability to pay rent isn’t a criminal offence, what should have been done is that the landlord should sue the tenant and the matter should be resolved through proper legal channels. A lot of civil disputes amongst citizens and members of the police force results in wrongful imprisonment.
The solution to this is simple!
As we push for police reforms, a panel must be setup to look into arrests records of convicts across the federation, the arrests compared with the charges and pro-bono lawyers ready to defend their constitutional rights should be on stand-by
If that isn’t done, then sadly I have to say, We haven’t won.
Two days after nationwide protests the inspector general of police, various state governors and the president came out and in their words dissolved the unit, but Nigerians want more as we’ve seen it is more than just an EndSARS campaign it has become a war against poverty and prosperity, oppression and freedom, the youths and the old folks.
Young Nigerians have finally seen the power in unity and collective voice towards a better Nigeria for it’s current generation and the ones yet unborn and ending police brutality is just one of the long list of Nigeria’s problems.