Naira Marley Cancels Planned #EndSARS Protest After IG Live Chat With Nigerian Police

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Naira Marley has shelved his planned demonstration to protest police brutality and call for the government to end tactical police unit known as Special Anit-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The singer whose real name is Azeez Adeshina Fashola had stated Monday that he would lead an #EndSARS protest today Tuesday October 6 to call for change after many influential Nigerians have spoken up and voiced their displeasure on the issue and have called for the total dissolution of SARS.

This is owing to reported cases of extra-judicial killings, extortion, harassment, and other vices perpetrated by the operatives.

 

However, he returned to his 2 million followers on Twitter asking them to stand down and stated there will be no protest for now. “We won’t be protesting anymore because there’s a lot of changes being made right now,” he wrote. “As a Marlian we will give them a week to see the changes and if there’s no changes we will start a mass protest. #togetherwecan.”

 

Naira Marley cancelled the protest after the police released a statement, addressing the concerns of Nigerians while disclosing that an Instagram live chat will hold with the controversial rapper today to address the issues.

It also comes after the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare urged him to halt the planned protest noting that the Marley’s grievance is being addressed at the ‘highest level of government’.

 

During Marley’s live stream, Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, assured the ‘Issa Goal’ crooner that the police will get that SARS officials off the road. He also added that hence forth officers must wear uniform, stating that they will henceforth move in a licensed vehicle and not tricycle or ordinary buses.

The police spokesperson also noted that the Police is open to partner with the youths to ensure effective policing in the country. He, however, said people can record the Police, but not in a security conscious zone.

When Marley asked if it was illegal to wear mini skirts or dreadlocks, Mba responded that it wasn’t, adding that there was no law against such and harassment on such would end. He ended saying, the police takes a feedback from the public in case of any complaint through its numbers and Social Media platforms.

Mixed reactions, however, has since greeted the announcement that the police would hold a live chat with Naira Marley on the activities of the SARS and his decision in cancelling the scheduled protest.

Some have likened it to what popular musician 2Baba did few years ago, when it cancelled a protest and cancelled it after pressure from the government. On Sunday,  the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, banned some police units, including SARS from operating on the roads.

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