Desmond Elliot, a Nollywood actor and the member representing Surulere Constituency in the Lagos State House of Assembly, has supported the protest calling for the end of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Speaking during the protest at the Lagos Assembly complex in Ikeja the state capital, stated that SARS activities have gone beyond hotlines or reforms.
“It has gone beyond having hotlines or doing reforms. As the Deputy Speaker rightly said, we really need to look into it.
"The IG of police seriously must consider. Nigeria Police are working for the people. If the (SARS) unit is working for the people and the people are calling for it to be disbanded, then let us do what they are saying.” he said
On harassment of youths over their appearances, the actor said “The truth is, you can’t just arrest people on the road because of the hair they wear. That is not to say that we do not have bad people but because of the lack of training on how to deal civilly with people, we now come to have what SARS is today.
"So, I am in alignment with the prayers of the deputy speaker and I feel that we should do that expeditiously,” Elliott said.
Over the weekend, celebrities, in a renewed online protest, took to their social media pages to call for an end to the squad with several hashtags such as #EndSars, #EndSarspermanentlyNow, etc.
The protest began after a video where SARS operatives allegedly gunned down a man in Delta State.