Top Nigerian celebrities and activists held mass protests in major cities across the country on Friday, calling for an end to police brutality in the country.
The national protests are the culmination of weeks of anger and hatred among young people in the country over allegations of kidnapping, harassment and blackmail by a police unit known as the Anti-Robbery Special Forces (SARS).
On Thursday, protests at Lagos Island were led by Folarin Falana, a lawyer and singer, and anothr artiste, Runtown.
They were joined by Nigeria’s singer, Tiwa Savage.
Protests also took place on mainland Lagos on Thursday evening in front of the Lagos State Assembly as organizers carried placards, knelt down and chanted “End SARS”.
A group of protesters led by Debo Adebayo, a comedian with the stage name Mr. Macaroni, held a protest in Alausa, Lagos for the third night in a row.
The video of the protesters, which was shared on Twitter late Thursday, shows police forcefully dispersing the protesters, breaking down their tents, turning off street lights and making verbal threats.
Nigerian police responded to public discontent last Sunday by barring the unit from conducting stop and search operations but the protestors said the ban is not enough. They are demanding a total disbandment of the unit which has been accuse of several notorious killings of innocent civilians.
Several celebrities and personalities have joined the protests by tweeting their support from all over the world.