Posted by News Express | 15 October 2020 | 609 times
By PAMELA EBOH, Awka
End SARS protesters on Wednesday took to the streets of the Anambra State capital, Awka, calling for the prosecution of a former SARS boss in the state, CSP John Nwafor, accusing him of maiming and killing so many young people.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, had on Sunday announced the disbandment of SARS, but barely 48 hours after, he announced a replacement for the outfit, with a new name, Special Weapon and Tactics team.
The protesters dressed in black outfit also re-echoed the call for a total reform of the Nigeria Police Force.
One of the organisers of the protest, Mr Ifeanyi George, decried a situation where SARS was disbanded severally without implementation.
He said: “We are here to let our voices be heard. Several times they have announced the disbandment of SARS, but this time we want to make sure the disbandment is for real.
“We are also asking for justice for people who lost their lives to the brutality of the SARS people.
That placard that guy over there is holding is asking for the prosecution of James Nwafor. He was the SARS Commander in Anambra at one time and was alleged to have shot and killed a young man, asking his people to do their worse. We want people like this brought to book.
“We are not here for violence, but to register our grievances.”
The protesters marched through various streets of Awka to the State House of Assembly, the government house and blocked the Enugu-Onitsha expressway at Aroma junction, with placards stalling vehicular movement in the city.
At Aroma junction, the protesters sat on the expressway, raising their placards, while the leaders reeled out names of young people who allegedly met their end in the hands of SARS operatives.
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