Runtown vows to go ahead with #EndSars protest as Naira Marley cancels his

Nigerian singer Douglas Jack Agu popularly known as Runtown has confirmed he will be leading a protest over the alleged killings and brutality of citizens by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). 

Runtwon made the announcement after Naira Marley canceled his own #EndSars protest he planned to lead today.

Naira Marley had announced via Twitter on Monday that he would be leading a peaceful march alongside his fans christened ‘Marlians’.

“So 9am Tuesday, we move 2nd toll gate peaceful protest no vandalism, no fights and no stealing,” he had written.

But following his tweets, minister of youth and sports, Sunday Dare, had urged the singer not to embark on the planned protest, noting that the federal government was already looking into the matter.

“I urge you and other youth not to embark upon any protest. Your grievances are being addressed at the highest level of government. As the Minister in charge of youth I know this is an issue that must be tackled. Government is doing just that,” the minister wrote.

Marley, however, insisted on staging the protest, explaining that is not the first time the government would make such promise.

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF), however, weighed into the matter, assuring the singer that it was already partnering relevant stakeholders with a view to tackling the SARS issue.

It said Mohammed Adamu, the inspector-general of police (IGP), remains committed towards addressing the issue following the recent nationwide outrage.

“@officialnairam1The Inspector General of Police wishes to inform Nigerian youths that their voices and complaints on the issues of unprofessional conducts by some SARS operatives have been heared very loudly and clearly,” it wrote in a Twitter thread.

It added that police spokesman, Frank Mba, will be holding an Instagram Live session with the singer and his fans on Tuesday to address their grievances.

As a result of this, Marley announced that the planned protest would not be taking place any longer.

“We won’t be protesting anymore because there’s a lot of changes being made right now. As a Marlian we will give them a week to see the changes and if there’s no changes we will start a mass protest,” he wrote.

However, Runtown on Tuesday confirmed that his #EndSars protest will take place as scheduled despite the call to abort it.

“THURSDAY IS THURSDAY !!,” Runtown wrote on Twitter.

Runtown organised the protest on Sunday after SARS operatives came under attack over recurring brutality, extortion and extrajudicial killings.

“This has gone long enough and now we MUST take action! I’ll be leading a protest to #ENDSARS on Thursday, October 8th 2020.

“They MUST listen to us, they MUST make/effect REAL and VISIBLE changes! Empty promises won’t work this time!!!

“Let’s all come out to peacefully reach out to our “Elected” leaders beyond social media!!!

“Venue/Take Off Point: Lekki Phase 1, Toll Gate,”Runtown had said.

The renewed protests against SARS started on Saturday after a video showing a man allegedly gunned down in Delta by operatives of the police unit went viral.

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