Nigerian Tech Talents at Risk of Extinction from Police Brutality: Joins Forces to Push The #EndSars Campaign.
Digital nomads outside Nigeria cannot relate to being unable to work freely from anywhere without getting harassed, robbed, possibly kidnapped or killed.
Over the years, there have been a series of reports of harassment, extortion, brutality and even murder by a unit of the Nigerian Police Force, Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). SARS was supposed to be a unit established to detain, investigate and prosecute people involved in crimes like armed robbery, kidnapping and other forms of crimes.
Unfortunately, profiling youths with laptops, smartphones(especially iPhone) or cars as internet fraudsters have been the order of the day. Given the nature of their work, Nigerian techies are frequent targets.
Now, let’s do a quick check on what you’d find with a typical Tech person.
- Hard Drive
- Earbuds or earpiece
- An ID Card (some times)
In 2019, a software engineer shared his bitter experience even after showing proof that he works as a software engineer in a company in Lagos.
Barely a year later, we are subjected to dealing with the same issue but in an increased measure.
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For many young Nigerians, that tale will feel familiar as the chance of having a run-in with SARS operatives or knowing someone who has. To eliminate this, young Nigerians have taken to social media to start an #EndSARS campaign calling for a ban on the Unit. So far, over 88,000 youths have signed a petition to this effect.
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As the world evolves with IT, the chances of keeping Nigeria on the Tech map remains slim, with the existence of uniform men, kitted with the mentality of judging an individual’s living standard by age.
For many years, the demand of the Nigerian Tech Industry and the Nigerian Youths has remained the same; End SARS. Unfortunately, all we have gotten as a response to our demand is a never-ending promise to reform the Unit; the same thing they’re saying this year.
With one voice, we have rejected and refused to dance to the tune of their old music. We no longer want to lose Web Developers, Graphic Designers, Web Designers, Software Developers, Software Engineers, UI Designers, UX Designers, UX Researchers and many other Tech talents and youths to trigger-happy police officers. Hence the #5for5 counter demand from every Nigerian Youth.
The Nigerian Tech Community has been a part of this fight for freedom and, now, we would love you to lend your voice to this cause by signing this petition to put a lasting end to SARS and Police brutality in Nigeria.
Sign the Petition
We call on the total disbandment of the SARS unit of the Nigerian Police Force due to its continued human rights…
Need a reason to sign? See what Nigerian youths are saying.