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How the #EndSARS Movement is a Catalyst for Political Change in Nigeria

Introduction In October 2020, Nigeria witnessed a historic uprising that captured the attention of the world: the #EndSARS movement. Born out of frustration with police brutality, mainly perpetrated by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), the movement rapidly became a powerful catalyst for political change in Nigeria. Beyond its demand to end police brutality, the #EndSARS movement has unearthed deeper issues within Nigerian society and has galvanized a generation to demand accountability, transparency, and good governance. This article delves into how the #EndSARS movement is reshaping the political landscape in Nigeria. Police Brutality and the Emergence of #EndSARS The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was established in Nigeria in 1992 to combat violent crimes such as robbery and kidnapping. However, over the years, the unit became notorious for its excessive use of force, extrajudicial killings, extortion, and torture. The tipping point came when a video circulated on social med