Americans react to the arrest of soldier Harrison Friday, who supported the demonstrators.
The Nigerian military said on Wednesday that it had arrested one of its soldiers, accused of urging fellow soldiers not to shoot at anti-police protesters who have spearheaded a violent movement against Nigerian security forces in recent weeks.
“On Friday, the Nigerian military announced the arrest of Corporal Harrison, who on social media advised his colleagues not to attack #EndSARS protesters,” Nigerian newspaper Punch reported Wednesday. The newspaper referred to the national movement to protest against SARS, now suppressed by the Special Anti-Robbery Team of the Federal Police of Nigeria.
In a video uploaded to social media last week, “the masked soldier … asked his colleagues to understand that the protesters are fighting for a better Nigeria and must be supported by all Nigerians, including the military. Reminded Punch. …
“The fight that civilians are fighting is our fight, don’t let (the government of Nigeria) use us,” he said in a video on Friday, the newspaper said.
The Nigerian military said Wednesday it had arrested the corporal for his video statement.
“A hooded soldier hiding behind a mask to commit cybercrime has been arrested during ongoing cyber operations in support of the crocodile smile. Rest assured, cybercriminals have no hiding place, ”says the Nigerian army.
– he wrote in a statement posted on his official Twitter account.
Before his October 19 arrest, the Nigerian military tweeted a screenshot of a video statement on Friday in support of the protesters. The words “Fake Soldier” were superimposed on the frame.
Nigerian army soldiers assigned to the 81st Battalion were charged with killing demonstrators at a toll station in Lecchi. [near Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos] On Tuesday night, the army denied the accusation, ”Punch said Wednesday.
The alleged attack on protesters “provoked reprisals by angry youths who burned down government structures and even the family home of Lagos Governor Babajide Sanvo Olu,” the report said.
The Nigerian government officially dissolved SARS on October 11 in response to ongoing protests calling for its dissolution. Despite the action, protests against the police have continued across Nigeria since then, with protesters calling for further police reforms.
The protesters did not resign despite the disbandment of the infamous police squad, but continued to protest, noting the government’s ineffective promises of police reform and investigations in the past, ”reported the Nigerian newspaper The Guardian.
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The Nigeria National Police established SARS in 1992 as a dedicated unit to combat the rising level of violent crime. Since its inception, the Nigerians have regularly accused the unit of abuse of power. Graphic footage of alleged SARS abuse has surfaced online in Nigeria in the past two weeks, sparking outrage against police and nationwide protests calling for the unit to be disbanded.