Dancehall entertainers Popcaan and Kranium joins the plethora of international artistes that have spoken against the police brutality in Nigeria.
“To my fans in Nigeria I just want all of you to know that my prayers are with you during this tough time, keep the faith and stay strong, prayers up for my Nigerian brothers and sisters,” The Unruly Boss uploaded on Instagram Tuesday.
“We are humans and we all share earth together! Do not be silent do not be afraid the Internet is here for us to get news faster than ever please pay attention and bring awareness to what you believe and stand for with that said I STAND WITH THE PEOPLE IN NIGERIA #EndSARS,” Kranium said on Twitter on October 9.
Nigerians are currently protesting against police brutality in country after a video of a beating posted online sparked demonstrations that now have left at least 10 dead.
Fresh protests took place in Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos, and in the southeastern cities of Port Harcourt and Uyo. The demonstrations have continued even after Nigeria’s police spokesman announced Sunday that the unit blamed for the brutality was being formally dissolved.
The Special Anti-Robbery Squad, known as SARS, was set up to combat armed robbery in Nigeria but its members have been implicated in several cases of human rights abuses including extra-judicial killings.
Nigeria’s police have promised to investigate allegations of abuses involving SARS officers, but demonstrators are calling for reforms across the country’s entire police system.
Earlier this month, young Nigerians started a Twitter campaign for the disbandment of the unit after the video of SARS agents beating up a man circulated online. The protests with the hashtag #ENDSARS rapidly gained support in Nigeria and abroad.