In the wake of #EndSARS protest sweeping across Nigeria, American rapper, Kanye West has used his platform to voice support against police brutality. The multiple award-winning producer declared his position on Monday October 12 via Twitter.
The fashion mogul cum United States presidential candidate in his message urged authorities to listen to the people. “I stand with my Nigerian brothers and sisters to end police brutality,” he wrote, adding, “the government must answer to the peoples cries #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria.”
I stand with my Nigerian brothers and sisters to end police brutality, the government must answer to the peoples cries #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria
— ye (@kanyewest) October 12, 2020
The 43-year-old has joined a growing list of international celebrities and organizations that have raised awareness that have shown solidarity with the ongoing #EndSARS protests.
A few of them include Cardi B, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Trey Songz, Big Sean, John Boyega, Chance The Rapper, Viola Davis amongst others.
End Special Anti-Robbery Squad (End SARS) or #EndSARS is a social movement in Nigeria that started on Twitter calling for banning of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a rogue unit of the Nigerian Police Force blighted by accusations of kidnapping, rape, torture, unlawful arrests, extrajudicial killings, and extortion. It is a call to end police oppression and brutality in Nigeria.
The Police have announced scrapping of the unit but protesters insist their demands have not been met. They want a thorough investigation and prosecution of all officers found culpable of murders and assaults.
Ongoing protests have left at least 6 people dead, scores wounded and some in critical condition.
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