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#EndSARS Was police special unit overhauled because most victims were men?

While violence towards women are ignored, the notorious SARS whose victims are mainly men has been overhauled.

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The #EndSars clamour was greatly championed by Nigerian Youths who understood the brutal tendencies of SARS play

The #EndSars clamour was greatly championed by Nigerian Youths who understood the brutal tendencies of SARS

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After 12 months of clamour and activism, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo ordered the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to “overhaul” the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on August 14, 2018.

The move was met with celebration and endorsement across the media. For the first time in a while, citizen activism in Nigerian actually became something worthwhile and yielded positive fruits, but the gender wars across the world will not let slide.

It's a male thing

On Saturday, August 18, 2018, a Nigerian feminist and YouTuber Hafsah Mohammed, (@hafymo) expressed some concerns that #EndSARS succeeded because victims of SARS were mostly men. Her point stems from how continued neglect and nonchalance trails the serial abuse and mistreatment of women from Uber drivers, issues of pedophilia and sexual abuse get less media coverage.

Nigerian feminist, Hafy Mo thinks men should support women's causes and advocacy play

Nigerian feminist, Hafy Mo thinks men should support women's causes and advocacy



At 8:21pm on Saturday, August 18, 2018, the Human Resource graduate of the University of Lagos, tweeted that, “I just want to note quickly that one of the reasons the #ENDSARS movement had an impact was because 90% of the victim are men. Good night

play Hafy Mo's first tweet that swung the axe about her opinion on why #EndSARS succeeded. (Twitter)

She goes ahead to validate her point with how issues peculiar to women enjoy less impact and do little to no media rounds and are not canvassed as they should on her Instagram story post here;

play Hafsah uses the medium to express her displeasure on the levity with which female issues get handled, compared to men (Twitter)

She completes her advocacy for male support of feminine causes through her late tweet, when she highlighted her metrics that, “Right… that is why I said, “one of”. We don’t keep this same energy when it comes to getting this justice for women though. When are always beside men fighting their battles, but when it comes to our issues, we have to convince men to believe us first.”

play Issues of pedophilia, sexual assault and domestic violence need to be better addressed, and men are needed to lend a voice. (Twitter)

Her entire clamour is about male participation in female advocacy a charge, not necessarily a tirade. She has since locked her Twitter account.

Double standard

While there has been a huge clamour by Nigerians for the government to curtail the excessive and illegal activities of SARS, there has been little or no organized effort to reduce sexual allegation, harassment, molestation and rape in the country.

This  also includes pedophilia which if the frequency of reports on social media is anything to go by is on the rise. Despite the frequency of violence towards women, it seems the Nigerian society could care less about what happens to women.

With rape convictions in Nigeria still ridiculously low, it seems no one is speaking up for women. The illegal activities of SARS were centered around the wrongful profiling on young, male Nigerians as Internet fraudsters.

While men have been predominantly the victims of SARS operatives, women have been harassed by the police special unit though not as much as men.

Still, it is important that Nigeria starts to pay attention to crime against women. We should also raise our voices when women are at risk.

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