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“End SARS, End SARS Now”.

These were the words loudly chanted by Nigerian youths across the country as they Marched peacefully on the streets of Lagos and other major cities including Abuja, the nation’s capital.  

The movement started on twitter with millions of tweets by young Nigerians narrating personal stories of their horrific encounters with SARS, and it gained traction in no time.

The Special Anti-Robbery Squad notoriously know as SARS was created in 1992 with the core mandate of tackling the problem of violent crime, banditry and kidnapping across the country.

Unfortunately, since its inception they have done nothing but intimidate, abuse, extort, harass, and even murder innocent Nigerians.

To worsen matters, the anonymity of the unit has made it even harder for the perpetrators of these crimes to be identified and held accountable for their unjust actions.

SARS usually targets people between the ages of 17 and…

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