Our voices have finally been heard; I’m proud of what we have achieved. Our #EndSARS campaign was not in vain, with one voice we spoke and we were heard.
Disbanding SARS (Special Anti-robbery Squad) however, is not enough. Removing rotting tomatoes from a basket and redistributing them into baskets of fresh tomatoes will not magically halt or revert the deteriorating state of their rot. The rot will spread and corrupt the fruits in all the baskets.
That been said, the members of the scrapped unit should undergo rehabilitation before redeployment into other units. They should go through a total overhauling of their understanding of fundamental human rights and why these rights should be respected.
It is common knowledge that some police officers and other security operatives have lost their lives in saving and protecting us from criminals and terrorists. Unfortunately, the value of the sacrifices they have made for us was decimated by their colleagues and other security operatives when they turned against us, innocent citizens and residents of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. They forgot that every suspect is innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.
Disbanding SARS is not enough. Though it’s a step to ending police brutality, the brute force with which the police have handled protesters in Lagos, Abuja, Osun and other states of the country reeks of cruelty. Shooting at unarmed protesters with life bullets shows that the government still hasn’t read our memo: #StopPoliceBrutalityNow