Nigerian journalist and writer Chido Onumah talks about the END SARS protests, the atrocities of the security establishment, and the policy framework of the state over the past few decades
Reports of armed thugs being on the prowl and even attacking protesters have come from many cities. The protests in Nigeria began on October 8 demanding the abolition of the infamous SARS police units
The cabinet has called on all state governments to implement Violence against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPPA), 2015, a key demand of protesters. The parliament’s upper house also pushed legislation for protection of victims from stigma.
With a population of over 200 million, Nigeria had only screened 846 people by March 26. In comparison, South Africa, which confirmed its first case a week after Nigeria, had tested a total of 20,471 people by the same time
The court has permitted the DSS to hold the journalist and activist in custody for 45 days on the basis of the Terrorism Act.