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Security Officials Continue To Harass Citizens Amidst Protests Against Brutality

There have been a number of reports of continued brutality by security officials despite the ongoing protests and outcry over harassment and assault of citizens by police officers across Nigeria.

Although this time the assault meted on a citizen was not carried out by members of the now-disbanded Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), soldiers were seen mercilessly beating a man in the streets in Jos, Plateau state capital in north-central Nigeria.

According to the video posted yesterday on Twitter by one Sadiq Ango Abdullahi (@sadiqango), the victim, Othman (@usm69h) was beaten in broad daylight with sticks and iron rods by the military officers, for trying to help his pregnant wife.

The video showed the three officers gathering around Othman, hitting him with a stick on the head and beating him non stop while he apologised profusely.

Othman said the soldiers threatened to shoot him if he didn’t lie down.

Othman has demanded justice for the assault he suffered, and called the Nigerian Army and SARS “one and the same”.

The #EndSARS movement has grown from simply demanding the disbandment of the rogue unit, to demanding for better governance and an overall reform of all security agencies.

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