Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade says she once saw her life flash before her eyes when police pointed a gun at her and others during a protest 10 years ago.
According to her, she and her friends flew to Abuja to joined the EiE (Enough is Enough) protests which was organised to call the then President Goodluck Jonathan to order in the killings in Jos and fuel scarcity.
Omotola on her Instagram page explained that although she was scared, she was also angry that the security agency will threaten them for protesting for a good course.
“But! … instead of Fear, I got mad. Some anger I didn’t even know existed took over me, I charged at towards them and their guns and shouted! Do you know we fight for you? We fight for your children and children’s children unborn?”
Omotola revealed that one of the soldiers close to her was moved to tears. He had explained to her that their actions were not by choice.
“10 years After, that Anger is still there but today, I hope we all have a choice to say … F it! Enough!” She added.
Omotola is the latest celebrity to chronicle her experience with police in Nigeria amid the End SARS protest.
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10 years After and we are still fighting. I remember when we took the fight to Abuja during the #EiE protest . They pointing guns at us and I remember for a second, my life flashed before my eyes. But! … instead of Fear, I got Mad. Some Anger I didn’t even know existed took over me, I charged at towards them and their guns and shouted ! Do you know we fight for you? We fight for your children and children’s children unborn?! One of the military close to tears then said “I’m sorry , I don’t have a choice. 10 years After, that Anger is still Here… but today , I hope we all have a choice to say … F it! Enough! #endpolicebrutality #ReformNigeria #TiredofbeingTired
Singer Joeboy, Actress Nsikan Isaac, TV personality Ebuka among others have opened up about being threatened or losing family members because of the police force.
Many of them joined the campaign to End SARS and also called for new reforms for the police and security agencies.
About End SARS
The Nigerian population in the past weeks have taken to the streets and social media to protest the treatment meted out to them by the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) formed in 1992 to fight crime.
The SARS in recent times have been accused of police brutality, murders, profiling among others.
Their activities sparked the protest “End SARS” which went from an online campaign to a street protest mostly being led by celebrities.
Nigerians in other countries like Ghana and the UK also went to the offices of the Nigerian high commissions to protest and call for the end of SARS.
However, the Nigerian government in a bid to stop the protests deployed police to some areas which caused the “peaceful” protests to turn violent.
Meanwhile, about ten people, according to Amnesty International, have lost their lives in the protests.
The the human rights group told CNN police have used excessive force against unarmed protesters since the protests started last Thursday.