The Nigeria Police Force is planning to counter-protest the nationwide #EndSARS rally on Monday with a demonstration of their own, tagged #SupportSARS.
Police have been circulating the hashtag #SupportSARS on social media and have called on media organizations to report on their rally in Abuja supporting the police.
The Nigeria Police Force’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has been in the media spotlight for the past week after Nigerians began condemning their human rights abuses and calling for the squad’s disbandment via the social media hashtag #EndSARS.
SARS' modus operandi could easily be replicated by armed robbers.— Mr Boro (@iamMrBoro) December 10, 2017
Get a black polo
Get an AK47
Drive in an unregistered vehicle
Stop anybody on the road
Claim to be SARS
Take them to the nearest ATM
Attack and rob them
After all, that's what SARS do!#EndSARS
Yesterday on #AJStream. There are too many reasons why #EndSARS should not end until SARS is ended, and the murder of Kudirat Adebayo is one of them. If I had more than 30 seconds, Iâd have shared more stories. pic.twitter.com/4rHRyrMvcx— Chidi Okereke (@Chydee) December 8, 2017
Social media users also shared pictures and videos of victims of SARS officers’ brutality and abuse of power.
Building on the momentum of the social media campaign, Nigerian activists announced a nationwide protest calling for the dissolution of SARS slated for Monday, December 11.
The call for the immediate dissolution of SARS was also given a boost when former Vice President Atiku Abubakar threw his weight behind the campaign on his official Twitter handle.
The anti- and pro-SARS protests tomorrow will be a litmus test for the Nigeria Police Force, which was recently rated worst in the world.