A coalition of civil society groups will hold rallies nationwide on Monday (today) to demand the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad over alleged brutality.
According to them, the rally would take place in Abuja, at the Unity Fountain; Lagos – Gani-Fawehinmi Park, Ojota; Warri – Efurum Junction; Jos – Polo Terminus and Port Harcourt – Garrison Junction.
The coalition also listed Kaduna – Murtala Square; Ibadan – Mokola Junction and Awka – Wetheral/Okigwe Road Roundabout as other areas where rallies would be staged.
Reports say the protest is being organised by Convener #EndSARS Segun Awonsonya; Convener Concerned Nigerians Deji Adeyanju; Coordinator, Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy Ariyo Atoye; Adebayo Raphael of the OurMumuDonDo Movement, and Abdul Mahmud and Bako Usman of the Campaign for Democracy.
“We are appalled by the stories told by victims, friends and family members of victims who have recounted experiences of extortion, torture, murder and disappearance of friends and loved ones,” the coalition stated in Abuja on Sunday.
“To this end, we will be holding a series of peaceful protests around the country on Monday, December 11, 2017 at locations in several cities to call for the immediate dissolution of SARS as a police unit.
“Whilst calling for the scrapping of the unit, we are also calling for greater funding of the police, better training, the provision of better equipment and living quarters, the provision of insurance, the establishment of a stricter code of conduct, the public prosecution and discipline of errant police officers and such other connected matters.”