EndSARS protestors accuse Govt of shutting down Twitter campaign
The ongoing End SARS protests are upshot of engagements on social media platform, Twitter.
But there are fears that Nigerian authorities have deployed some sort of technology to suppress the End SARS hashtag.
In 48 hours, #EndSARS tweets hit 30 million, unprecedented in Nigeria.
The tag trended worldwide, 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 Delta State.
On October 3, an unarmed 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 new videos of SARS excesses.
Youths, mostly in the Southern parts of Nigeria where the squad flexes its muscles, declared they’ve had enough.
The #EndSARS has been off Twitter trend list despite tens of thousands tweets lately.
Campaigners’ switch to #EndSarsNow and #SARSMustEnd has made no difference.
Now, they insist that the government has done some hacking.