Dancehall artiste Popcaan has joined the list of celebrities sending their support to Nigerians in their protest against police brutality.
On Sunday, October 11, the Nigerian government announced that a notorious part of the country’s police unit called SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) had been dissolved following widespread protests against the unit’s brutality, BBC reports.
Among the prominent figures attending demonstrations and promoting the #EndSARS hashtag were Nigerian musicians such as Davido, WizKid, Tiwa Savage, and Mr Eazi.
Via his Instagram, Popcaan wrote: “To all my fans in Nigeria, I just want all of you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this tough time. Keep the faith and stay strong”.
Over the weekend, Nigerian singer Burna Boy released a statement outlining his response. “In my opinion, abolishing [SARS] is a definite first step but we cannot afford to stop there,” he wrote.
He went on to share his support for protesters and announced a charity to help those who were harmed or arrested during the demonstrations. Additionally, he announced an initiative to help spread information and create “broader platforms to amplify the creative and tech community.”
SARS was formed in 1992 as an effort to tackle crime in Nigeria. In a June report, Amnesty International documented at least 82 alleged cases of “torture, ill treatment, and extra-judicial execution” by SARS from January 2017 through May 2020.