Monday, 12 October 2020 09:08

Rashford and Ozil Add Voices to #EndSARS Campaign Against Police Brutality

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To those calling for an end to the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a Nigerian Police Force unit, which has since been disbanded by the government, Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford and Arsenal forward Mesut Ozil added their voices.

SARS has been accused of arbitrary detention , torture and killings, sparking mass demonstrations across the country.

Photos of those demonstrations and some of SARS's alleged actions have been widely shared on social media, which has drawn worldwide attention to the issue.

With a variety of well-known celebrities, sporting stars and sports groups responding by calling for reform, the # EndSARS hashtag has gained momentum on social media.

Earlier this week, former Arsenal striker Ian Wright, Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi and Serie A side Roma tweeted their support to demonstrate Nigerian unity.

To those asking for reform, Gunners star Ozil has now added his speech, tweeting: "Horrible to hear what is going on in Nigeria." Let 's make everywhere a trending topic for this. # EndSARS-To everyone who has been hurt, my thoughts go out.

Dear Nigeria # EndSARS # EndPoliceBrutality, "Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham, who has Nigerian heritage, tweeted:"

Then Rashford, Abraham's England team-mate, responded to Abraham 's tweet, adding: "My thoughts and prayers for all those affected."

Earlier this week, the federal government promised to reform the police unit, but citizens are demanding more than reorganisation, with a disbanding of SARS the goal of the protesters, who feel previous efforts to reform the police have not resulted in genuine change.

With the protests showing no sign of abating, it was confirmed on Sunday that the government had agreed to the protestors' demands, with a presidential directive disbanding SARS with immediate effect.

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