Even with the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Police on Sunday, October 11; a petition by the #EndSARS movement to the United States government to impose visa restrictions on all Nigerian public office holders; and high-ranking police officers has received over 10,000 signatures as of Sunday morning.
This #EndSARS petition was spearheaded by data journalist Farida Adamu, on Friday to nudge top officials to “take needful actions instead of their current taciturnity,” a description on change.com said.
1st News had reported that the US, in a statement last month, said it had imposed visa restrictions; on select individuals for their role in causing electoral violence or “undermining democracy” during the Kogi and Bayelsa States 2019 elections.
The US also threatened to impose further sanctions on politicians who sow conflict; during the recently held Edo and Ondo States elections.
“Though visa restrictions may not be foolproof; the peaceful election conducted a few days after the release of your statement; asserts that your statement holds so much significance,” the #EndSARS petition; written as a letter to the US Department of State, reads.
“It is with this belief in your commitment that we, as Nigerian youths; request that you make the blanket restriction as highlighted above on all public office holders in the country.”
Many Nigerian youths across the country took to the streets in sustained protests agitating for the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad; an infamous police unit notorious for hounding and harassing innocent civilians.
This led to the announcement of its abolition by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, among other measures.
President Muhammadu Buhari has also said he is committed to ensuring the police are responsible to the people.
But critics say the Federal Government’s response is mere rhetoric and protests have continued.