Donations to the Fintech firm, Flutterwave’s public fund for the #EndSARS protests have crossed N23 million.
The management of Flutterwave Inc. had recently announced the opening of a public fund aimed at catering for the medical bills of those injured during the protest against the brutality of officers of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The company’s move followed the ongoing nationwide protest against police harassment, extortion, brutality and extra-judicial killings of civilians.
Flutterwave had raised the sum of N2 million internally as support to victims, before deciding to make the fund open to the public so as to raise more for the cause.
In an update Tuesday, one of the prominent voices of the #EndSARS movement, Feyikemi Abudu, disclosed on Twitter that the total funds raised had risen to N23,441,635.90 as of Tuesday noon.
While giving a breakdown of how much had been spent, she put the available funds at N16,706,635.90.
“N2m was disbursed for hospital bills for Joy (an injured and hospitalised protester); N1m is being disbursed to the family of Jimoh (the slain protester in Ogbomoso, Oyo State; N100,000 has been disbursed to Abuja Protests (through @dunszn); N90,000 has been disbursed for medical supplies to PH protest through @VictorIsrael_ ; N175,000 to WellaHealth @docneto; N250,000 to @lanitas_kitchen for Alausa (protest),” Abudu tweeted.
“N155,000 to EVENTMD (Ambulance for Unilag Protest); N150,000 to Braingrace Consult (Ambulance for Airport Road Protest); N185,000 for Alausa Ambulance; N200,000 for water and supplies for Lekki Protests; N150,000 – Benue supplies; N100,000 – Surulere supplies; N100,000 – Alimosho supplies; N60,000 – Enugu supplies; N500,000 – Legal Fees; N150,000 – Ikorodu supplies; N200,000 – Surulere Ambulances; N1,000,000 – Jimoh’s family; and N100,000 – Hospital Bill (Gunshot, Surulere)
“N70,000 – Ife supplies; N500,000 – Alausa food; N300,000 – Ambulance Alausa; N200,000 – Alimosho/Ibadan supplies.”
In response to nationwide protests against police brutality, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, had on Sunday dissolved the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the force following nationwide protests against extrajudicial killings and violation of human rights by the notorious unit.
But despite disbanding the unit, protesters across the country have continued to march for total reformation of the Nigeria Police Force.
On Tuesday, Adamu announced a new police unit called “Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team”, to replace the defunct SARS.