#EndSARS: Lupita Nyong’o Joins Movement Against Police Brutality In Nigeria

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Many international celebrities are joining the nationwide movement using their platforms to end to police brutality while requesting for police reform in Nigeria.

 

Across the country, people have been protesting against police brutality, especially the Special Anti-Robber Squad (SARS), a tactical police unit squad established in 1992 to fight violent crimes such as robbery and kidnapping. However, officers from the police force have been accused of widespread abuses, including torture and killings.

The hashtag #EndSARS first started in 2017 as many Nigerian brought awareness to SARS human rights violations, but trended two weeks ago, igniting global outrage after a video circulated showing a man being attacked, apparently by SARS officers.

Among the thousands who took to the streets to demand action were celebrities, who used their social media platforms to amplify the protests and recently since the military crackdown on peaceful protesters at the Lekki Tollgate area of Lagos more have come out to demand for justice.

Now Oscar award-winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’O has joined the list. Lupita look to social media to condemn the “woundings and murders of Nigerians in Lekki.”

The ‘Black Panther’ star who shared a footage of End SARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate, the “Black Panther” actress wrote: “I echo the declaration of the people in Nigeria to END POLICE BRUTALITY and the call for their lives to be valued by the leaders of their nation.”

She added, “Last week, the world saw this call answered with the wounding and murders of Nigerians in Lekki. I so badly want the end of this kind of violence and abuse of authority for Nigeria, for my own country, Kenya, and for the country I live in now, USA.

“It seems that this is the resounding battle cry of 2020 across the globe, to have police powers reevaluated, their organizations held accountable and systems rebuilt to serve the people. I support the fight against political interests that have no interest in the rights of the people. #EndSARS.”

Lupita has always been an active voice in condemning injustice.

Last year, the actress released a book Sulwe in which she addressed the issue of colourism. According to her, the book serves as a mirror for dark-skinned girls to see characters that look like them.

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