The SARS Protest In Nigeria Freedom Of Expression And Police Reform

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Journal Title: Journal of Legal Studies & Research
Author(s): Yinka Olomojobi & Benson Okezie Wosu
Published On: 22/08/2022
Volume: 8
Issue: 4
First Page: 125
Last Page: 146
ISSN: 2455-2437
Publisher: The Law Brigade Publisher

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Yinka Olomojobi & Benson Okezie Wosu, The SARS Protest In Nigeria Freedom Of Expression And Police Reform, Volume 8 Issue 4, Journal of Legal Studies & Research, 125-146, Published on 22/08/2022, Available at


This paper showcases the application of the freedom of expression during the end Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) protest in Nigeria. The paper examines the independent variables of freedom and expression. It goes further to explain the freedom of expression and the concept of protest within the Nigerian legal system. Most crucial insights into the SARS in Nigeria is delved into. It was noted that this particular arm of the police has become quite notorious for its malpractice and brutal treatment of the youth of Nigeria.

This body has become overpowered and out of control and with the recent development in the nation i.e. the SARS killings. This work posits that the actions by the Nigerian government gave rise to the SARS riots and further that vast number of human rights were infringed by the government.

This article aims not only to examine the Police and its functions but also expose the various infringements of human rights they are guilty of, why they act the way they do and may even proffer some solutions and recommendations for reform. The paper concludes by recommending that the Nigerian government should ensure that social and economic rights of the people are catered for.

Keywords: SARS, Human Rights, Freedom of Expression, Nigerian Police, Media

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