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  • Updated: October 16, 2020

#EndSARS: Poju Oyemade Narrates Wife's Encounter With SARS, Says Govt Needs To Take Action

#EndSARS: Poju Oyemade Narrates Wife's Encounter With SARS,

With the ongoing demand by Nigerians to put an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Police Force, the Senior Pastor of the Covenant Christian Centre, Lagos, Poju Oyemade, narrates his wife's encounter with the rogue unit, adding that the government needs to take action.

Recounting the ordeal, Oyemade said that the situation did not escalate because he had "social capital", adding that he understood the trouble young Nigerians go through at the hands of the officers.

Oyemade noted that, although the government may have, through words, "assented to the requests of the" #EndSARS movement, but it needs to realise that what the people ask for is "action".

He explained, “Let me start with my personal experience with the SARS group also. Sometime last year, I got a call from my wife that she had been arrested and taken to the police station.

“I was heading for a service somewhere when I had to rush to where she was. I found what the officer said quite flimsy and to date don’t understand it.

“Things were worked out easily because on appearing at the place there was personal recognition as people were greeting me ‘pastor welcome’.

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“Thinking back, if I didn’t have that social capital, things would have been quite rough. So I do understand what a young person may have to face regularly from such encounters. It can be dehumanising and humiliating not to talk about stories of people who say they were dispossessed of money etc.

“The government may have in an unprecedented manner come out to verbally assent to the requests of the movement but what the government needs to realise is what they ask for now is action; definite steps taken to show commitment to their words.

“They have been here before they say, they have seen promises broken, they want actual reform. They ask that simple steps be taken to show it is different this time. Things like bringing to book the officers who allegedly shot at the peaceful protesters should have happened.

“They say there are peaceful protesters who are still locked up. They need action.”

“At the heart of this is that this generation is tired of being led this way. Those in leadership must know this generation requires a more accountable system of leadership which are consistent with the ideals of a democratic government.”

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