EndSARS has been close to every Nigerian’s heart, Genevieve Nnaji is one of those who have been affected by police brutality.
Protests have been going on the past two days and currently, it’s not immediately clear if fellow Nigerians are succeeding. The hashtag #EndSARS was trending worldwide on Twitter on Friday with celebrities including the Nigerian superstars Wizkid and Davido tweeting their support for protesters.
More and more Nigerians started using the hashtag last Saturday following the alleged killing of a young man by officers from the Sars unit. Many people were also using the hashtag to share stories of brutality attributed to the police unit.
On Sunday Nigeria’s inspector general of police, Mohammed Adamu banned the Sars unit from carrying out stop and search duties and setting up roadblocks. He also said members of Sars must always wear uniforms and promised the unit would be investigated.
But protesters want the unit disbanded completely. On Friday we saw the Nollywood star Genevieve taking to her twitter to write an open letter to Buhari. The actress narrated what her 13-year-old cousin suffered under the hands of police brutality.
“An open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari. My niece was harassed by SARS for carrying a laptop, her own laptop. She was slapped across the face for simply asking why her laptop was being seized,” Genevieve said.
“At only 13, she had to suffer police brutality. Complaints were made and nothing was done. No one is sparred and we are all affected. Mr. Presidnet this is the current state of your country.”
The actress continued with her letter you can take a look at it below:
— Genevieve Nnaji MFR (@GenevieveNnaji1) October 9, 2020