Nigerians across several cities including Lagos, Abuja, and Port Harcourt came together for a heartfelt candlelight service. The collective grief could be felt for miles as the crowds mourned victims of police brutality.
The past 10 days have been full of pain and anger for Nigerians as they’ve protested to demand the disbandment of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS). The candlelight service was organised across social media with funds raised from crowdfunding efforts.
The service involved singing and calling out the name of victims whose lives have been taken, one way or the other, by the police.
Several Twitter users have shared sentiments saying that the service was needed to remind the world of why the protests are happening in the first place. Judging from the renewed vigour across demographics such as school children and middle-aged citizens, it may have worked.
As protests go into their 11th day, Nigerians are calling for the Inspector General of Police to resign. They are also calling for the prosecution of all guilty officers and compensation fo victim’s families.
On October 16, the Nigerian Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, released a set of tweets detailing plans for police reform by the federal government. On police reform and justice, he tweeted:
“We understand that you want to see action from us and I’m here to tell you that work is ongoing. I chaired a meeting of 36 state governors and the Minister of the FCT (NEC), where we resolved to set up judicial panels of inquiry so we can see justice served, and fast. The hearings will be public. The reason being that only state governors, by law, can set up judicial inquiries in their states. The hearings will be public.”
Several twitter users have since pointed out that the power to set up judicial inquiries lies with the federal government. This has prompted people to ignore the Osinbajo’s tweets and forge ahead with protest plans.
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