#EndSARS Protest For Change: What Next?
The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit of the police force in Nigeria created in 1992 to curb robbery in the country and protect the citizens. Over the years this unit has instead built a reputation on incessant extortion from citizens, rape, extrajudicial killings, impunity and notorious acts of brutality.
On the 4th of October 2020 a video of SARS official killing a young man in Ughelli, Delta State surfaced online. This spurred the EndSARS movement online and peaceful protest by Nigerian youths in the country and the diaspora between 8th and 20th of October, 2020.
Following these happenings, the Chris Ogunbanjo Foundation facilitated a virtual discussion themed “Protest For Change: What Next?” The session demystified peaceful negotiations, peace and conflict resolution and possible effects the protests may have on our nation. We were privileged to have Tanwa Ashiru, the Head of Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution at the Chris Ogunbanjo Foundation and Lawal Rafiu Adeniran, Founder/Executive Director Building Blocks for Peace & National Coordinator of Nigeria Youth For Peace Initiative (NYPI) as the guest speakers and Vivian Ojo, a Public Policy and International Development Expert as the moderator of the event.
Click here to watch a recording of the session.