The notorious police unit has been a menace to the society, and Nigerians have urged the Super Eagles to use their platform to speak out
Nigerians have called on Super Eagles stars to use their friendly against Le Fennecs of Algeria to support the #EndSars movement, which is gaining momentum across the country.
Over the past week, Nigerian youths have called on the Federal Government to disband the Special Anti Robbery Squad, popularly called SARS.
SARS is a unit in the Nigeria Police Force(NPF) established to tackle robbery incidents across the country.
However, the group has failed in that regard and has instead been a menace to citizens they are supposed to protect.
Several Nigerian youths have been on the receiving end of police brutality, while trigger happy SARS operatives have even killed some.
Soccernet.ng had reported about how a Remo Star player, Kazeem Tiamiyu, lost his life to a SARS operative. Also, a young man by the name Kolade Johnson was murdered by a SARS operative while watching a match at a viewing centre in Lagos.
A series these events have forced the youths to take to the streets in protest, calling on the FG to scrap the unit.
The youths have now called on Super Eagles stars to use their voices in supporting the movement when they take on Algeria tonight.
Dear @NGSuperEagles, u have a friendly game today against Algeria and I wish y'all the best of luck. Pls, use that medium to create awareness to #EndSARS #EndPoliceBrutality on the pitch today for the entire world to see what is happening over here.
— Rola (@kofoworola__a) October 9, 2020
A lot of my Nigerian followers have just told me about what's happening in their country. The fact that there's barely any coverage for this level of police brutality is unbelievable. Help raise awareness #EndSARS
— Pøgba Senior (@TheSaItIsHere) October 9, 2020
Enough is Enough .. #EndSARS
— John Ogu (@ogujohnugo) October 9, 2020
A thread of people that’s been allegedly killed by SARS & police in general. In no particular order.
1. TIYAMIU KAZEEM
He was a footballer that was pushed out of a moving SARS vehicle.
2. IFEOMA ABUGU
She was raped and murdered while in detention.
— Feyisola 😶🌫️ (@justfeyi) October 9, 2020
We go like make Super Eagles wear #EndSARS armband as Nigeria face Algeria today. 🇳🇬🩸
Nigerians, Retweet if you agree! 🔃 pic.twitter.com/a6CKIU3t1Y
— MUIP (@ManUtdInPidgin) October 9, 2020
— Soar Super Eagles (@SSE_NGA) October 9, 2020
Laws in the game prevent players from making political statements. However, Fifa had nothing against players showing support for BLM. Infantino said they should rather be “applauded”. Surely, FIFA should have nothing against the Super Eagles joining the #EndSarsProtests 🤷🏽♀️
— Juliet Mafua (@julietmafua) October 9, 2020
Over the time Nigeria players abroad were kneeling down in protest of black lives matters
I want that same energy today when the super eagles take on the Algerians today in Austria to protest against the #EndSARS campaign
This ex footballer was a victim of SARS brutality pic.twitter.com/dE05YTK3R1
— tacha🔱🔱🔱🔱 Titansˢᵀ (@briteshaggi) October 9, 2020
The match will take place at Worthersee Stadium, Klagenfurt with kick-off set at 7:30 pm Nigerian time.
Meanwhile, Soccernet.ng will provide live updates from the encounter.