Young Nigerians have besieged the Oyo State Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, where they are demanding the disbandment of the controversial Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force.
The protesters, who were locked out, also blocked movement into the government house.
They are carrying placards with different inscriptions such as “stop killing the future of Nigeria”, “SARS is a bad idea”, “enough of Police brutality”, “we are not criminals”, and many more.
Oyo State Commissioner for Youth and Sport, Seun Fakorede, came out to address the protesters but they rejected him, saying they want to see Governor Seyi Makinde.
When Fakorede told them the governor is in Akure, the Ondo State capital, the protesters noted that they want to see their elected officials, including the Speaker of the House of Assembly if the governor is not available.
As the crowd chanted, “we don’t want you, we want the governor,” the commissioner was forced to go back into the government house.
Earlier, the protesters besieged the Oyo State Police headquarters in Eleyele, Ibadan, where they made their grievances known.
The protest is against the backdrop of harassment and brutalisation of young Nigerians by police.
As part of efforts to curb the incessant abuse of human rights by police, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Sunday, banned SARS and other tactical squads from “routine search and stop and search duties.”
Specifically, he warned the officers against the invasion of the privacy of citizens particularly through indiscriminate and unauthorised search of mobile phones, laptops, and other smart devices.
But several Nigerians have rejected the ban, demanding an outright disbandment of the controversial unit, SARS.
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