#EndSARS: Nigerian authorities accused of shutting down Twitter campaign




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The ongoing End SARS protests are upshot of engagements on social platform, Twitter.

But there are fears that Nigerians authorities have deployed some sort of technology to suppress the End SARS hashtag.

In 48 hours, tweets hit 30 million, unprecedented in Nigeria.

The tag trended , attracting several popular figures who joined the campaign in solidarity.

The genesis of the renewed struggle against the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was the incident in .

On October 3, an unharmed citizen identified as Joshua Ambrose, was seriously wounded and left at the scene by a SARS team.

The incident occurred within the precinct of Wetland Hotel in Ughelli.

Operatives fled with his vehicle (a white Lexus SUV but were chased and filmed by good Samaritans.

The Police tracked and arrested Nicholas Makolomi for recording the rogue officers.

As the footage went viral, citizens posted previously published and videos of SARS excesses.

Youths, mostly in the Southern parts of Nigeria where the squad flexes its muscles, declared they’ve had enough.

The campaign resurged and by October 5, they were ready to go all out.

But music artiste, Azeez Fashola aka Naira Marley, backed out from the October 6 protest he announced to the chagrin of prospective demonstrators.

The next day, Douglas Jack Agu better known as Runtown, announced a date for protests.

He was joined by Folarin Falana aka , a -cum-singer, and on October 8, the musicians hit the streets of , Nigeria’s biggest city.

Debo Adedayo (Mc Macaroni) and Rinu Oduala (Savvyrinu) brought in their popularity to garner more crowd.

Macaroni and Oduala co-led protesters to the of Assembly and ’s Office where they passed two nights.

The efforts of the quartet amplified the protests which had been ongoing in different states.

But since Sunday, has been Twitter trend list despite tens of thousands tweets.

Campaigners’ switch to #EndSarsNow and #SARSMustEnd has made no difference.

Now, they insist that the government has done some hacking.

Dipo Awojide, who led the London protests, has vowed to call the attention of the international community.

“We march to the UK parliament and the Prime Ministers if the Nigerian government shuts down internet in the country.

“The whole world hear exactly what they are trying to hide. #SARSMUSTEND #EndSARS”, he tweeted.

Many Nigerians share the view and are deriding the government for “attempting to silence” voices of young men and women.

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