#EndSARS campaign is gradually becoming seasonal hashtag in Nigeria. The hashtag only resurrects whenever an innocent Nigerian is allegedly killed by officials of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS).
A few hours after a cleaner who was simply identified as Francis was allegedly killed by a stray bullet, #EndSARS campaign started trending on Twitter and other social media platforms.
A Twitter user @yur_side_chick said, “I laugh at Nigerians, only when person die una dey do
#EndSARS. After 2-3days everybody go keep quiet”
Another #endsars campaign ??
I laugh at Nigerians, only when person die una dey do #EndSARS.
After 2-3days everybody go keep quiet
— Yur Future Wife (@yur_side_chick) July 15, 2019
The Lagos State Police Command claimed that loyalists of “a notorious gang leader” at Ajisegiri street in Ilupeju, Odiolowo Ojuwoye local council development area fired the shot that killed the cleaner who was going about his early morning activity Monday morning, July 15, 2019 in the commercial city of Lagos.
According to Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Bala Elkana, SARS Operatives were in the area where gang group keep their arms when his men were ambushed by members of the gang.
May God almighty punish the SARS people that killed this innocent cleaner. @segalink we need to loud it more. We need to #Endsars by fire by force. pic.twitter.com/o3PDLmlEnp
— Ọládélé Dàda (@realoladele) July 15, 2019
According to him, “The assailants shot sporadically and at the processed killed a middle age man who was passing by. Reinforcement was quickly drafted to the scene. The whole area is cordoned with a view of apprehending the members of the gang and bring them to justice,” he said.
But aggrieved Nigerians have taken to Twitter alleging that officials of the SARS fired the killer shot that claimed the life of the cleaner.
See some of their tweets below:
The fact that the government keeps quiet while the masses are distressed by these unfortunate miscreants called sarz is perplexing #EndSARS
— mi vida loca. (@okoyekingsleyug) July 15, 2019
If you can’t retweet this and I see you posting anything about Biodun Fatoyinbo on my timeline, you’re just an hypocrite and a clout chaser #endsars #endsars #endsars #biodunfatoyinbo pic.twitter.com/kXpX7JNu08
— BRANDOWNER (@kaybullar) July 15, 2019
@PoliceNG SARS ??♀️ you guys are going global now..???? #PoliceBrutality #EndSARS pic.twitter.com/z96PfGlgFU
— king of kweenz (@8055_eden) July 15, 2019
#EndSARS I was at the Popular SARS Awkuzu in Anambra State earlier this year, Teusday, 12th Feb. I was slapped for refusing to unlock my phone for a SARS officer. One officer named John covers the "F" in the "FSARS" on his jacket with a black masking tape.
— Toski Mural (@mural_toski) July 15, 2019
If they don’t #EndSARS
Dear young Nigerians go and buy a GUN!
If you see them shoot them too!
Shoot policemen, shoot sars men, shoot politicians!
The way they’re killing us is asking for war so give it to them!
— Princess I-Bee (@_ayabaa) July 15, 2019
Always wailing about SARS…
U mean pipo that can't work without weed… Or pipo that will beat you as if you are a rival gang member… Or pipo with magenta colored eye…
I no fit shout mbok
— Nkeneabasi Friday (@nkeneabasi) July 15, 2019
AGAIN, SARS OPERATIVES STRIKE IN LAGOS
Men suspected to be operatives of SARS have killed a young man identified as Francis- in Ilupeju, Lagos
Francis who works as a cleaner had gone about his business when he was gunned down and died instantly this Monday#EndSARS pic.twitter.com/IMCtBSX23r
— RootsTv (@rootstvnigeria) July 15, 2019
It isn’t the first time #EndSARS would trend. In 2019, the hashtag has trended more five times whenever there’s a report of abuse by the men of SARS.
SARS this is not fair imagine threatening the lives of youth out there with your guns and weapon killing Innocent souls @PoliceNG @realFFK @segalink @TrafficChiefNG @renoomokri must you slap then and hit them whit your guns @MBuhari @cnni @followlasg @PoliceNG_CRU #EndSARS pic.twitter.com/BgRe9v7FG6
— EZEANAYO 1 (@blessednayo) July 12, 2019
More than three months ago, Kolade Johnson, a soccer fan was killed by one of the men of SARS in Lagos.