World Soccer: Nigeria's Ogu calls on players to boycott games amid unrest

11:16  23 october  2020
11:16  23 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Nigeria's youth finds voice in police brutality protests

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Nigeria international, John Ogu was on hand to continue the footballing enlightenment to over 500 aspiring players at Footballers Connect 2.0, which took place “Young players should be wary of bad agents, who are only concerned about the money and not the development of the player .” Ogu also

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(Reuters) - Nigeria midfielder John Ogu has called for a boycott of their upcoming games to protest police brutality amid ongoing violence in the commercial capital Lagos.

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Nigerians have been demonstrating nationwide for weeks against a police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), that rights groups had for years accused of extortion, harassment, torture and murders.

The unit was disbanded on Oct. 11 but the protests have persisted and rights group Amnesty International said soldiers and police killed at least 12 people in Lekki and Alausa.

Nigeria’s Protests Over Police Torture and Killings Go Viral

  Nigeria’s Protests Over Police Torture and Killings Go Viral ABUJA, Nigeria—On October 3, a horrific video went viral on social media, which showed officers from Nigerian police force’s notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) dragging two young men from a hotel in Lagos and executing one of them in the street. The video was a tipping point for many Nigerians. For the past three weeks, tens of thousands across the country have taken to the streets calling for the scrapping of SARS. The government, after years of inaction on the violent unit, has finally been forced to disband it—but critics say the worst offenders are just being moved to different roles.Reports of brutality by SARS are common in Nigeria.

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The army denied soldiers were at the site of the shooting.

"There are games coming up and if we boycott these games I'm sure they'll know we've made a statement ... I believe most of my colleagues understand where I'm coming from," Ogu told the BBC.

"What's the point in representing the country if this is what the politicians, the people we're representing, can do to us? I feel like this is the best thing to do now until they get back to their senses and listen to us.

"We want a good government, the police brutality to stop, we want the SARS to stop, we want the killings to stop, we want good laws, we want job opportunities."

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

Nigeria's Buhari struggles in face of youth revolt .
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has faced a jihadist insurgency and economic recession, but youth protests that have spiralled into widespread unrest appear to be his biggest challenge yet. He unseated then-incumbent Goodluck Jonathan on a vow to crack down on Nigeria's rampant corruption and end an insurgency by Boko Haram jihadists, going on to claim re-election in 2019. But his time at the helm has failed to halt graft and insecurity and has been dogged by economic woes, ill health and now the heavy-handed treatment of protesters. Nigeria, Africa's largest economy and oil producer, went through a recession in 2016-17.

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