Nigerian nationals living in T&T joined in solidarity to call for an end to police extrajudicial killings in Nigeria.
A small group, with placards in hand, staged a protest at the Nigerian High Commission in St Clair yesterday.
For the past 14 days, Nigerian nationals, mainly the youth, are protesting for the dissolution of the infamous ‘Special Anti-Robbery Squad’, commonly called Sars, which has been plagued with allegations of extrajudicial killings, theft, and abuse.
The protest action spiralled and security forces opened live rounds on a crowd of protesters in the last incident after protesters were defiant against a 24-hours curfew.
But after days of fierce protests, Nigeria’s Government announced the dissolution of the infamous ‘Special Anti-Robbery Squad’, commonly called Sars, a police unit plagued with allegations of extrajudicial killings, theft and abuse – and in its place revealed plans to set up a Special Weapons and Tactics team called Swat to ‘fill the gaps’.
With placards in hand, Nigerian national Oluwaseun Olubode called out Nigerians in the High Commission to come out and join them.
“ I expect everyone in the embassy who is a Nigerian to come out and join us here this day if you are a young person or old person and Nigerian and you are in this embassy hearing this voice and you cannot join shame on you, big shame on you”, he said,” they must end this injustice enough is enough all that is going on the president has not come out and condemned or address the people for once.”
Olubode said, “We have come in solidarity for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria who are being killed all the time for no good reason, the President of Nigeria is breaking the law, the police is expected to protect people and you don’t open live rounds on unarmed protesters.
“It is high-level corruption happening in Nigeria, we have not sent any correspondence to the High Commissioner but we came here today to share the way we are feeling, none of us could sleep till this morning the protest has been going for over ten days and now last night they deployed the military on the streets of Lagos and they are asking them to shoot at unarmed civilians that cannot be tolerated anywhere in the world and we are not going to take it anymore, we have come in solidarity for our people because that is humanity”
The local Nigerians told Guardian Media they have reports of a lot of people being killed but it is being reported that no one was killed.