EndSARS protesters launch online radio, Soro Soke
Nigerians youths calling for an end to police brutality have launched an online radio, named Soro Soke.
The channel, through effective and timely communication, is expected to aid the coordination of #EndSARS protests nationwide.
It was learnt that programmes and live reports of missing and found #EndSARS protesters were escalated on the radio, https://s4.radio.co/s99d55c85b/listen.
Songs calling for a reformed Nigeria were also heard on the station.
Soro Soke, a Yoruba sentence which translates as ‘Speak Up,’ had last week become a mantra of the #EndSARS campaign after protesters in Lagos State urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to ‘soro soke’ whilst addressing the youths.
Soro Soke is also a metaphor for all Nigerians to speak up against bad governance and resist corrupt leaders.
The Twitter handle of the station, @Sorosoke247, reads, “24/7 update on all things protest. We are for a better nation powered by value for life and good governance.”
Despite the scrapping of SARS by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, protesters still want the government and police authorities to be genuine in the reformation of the police force.
They demand the release of all arrested protesters, justice for all deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families. They also want increased salaries for police officers as well as the establishment of an independent body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of all reports of police misconduct.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the National Assembly led by President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila on Sunday met at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, over the ongoing nationwide #ENDSARS protest.
Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, the Senate President, Dr. Lawan said the parley with the President was to decide on an expeditious manner to implement the demands of the protesters.
He said it was a trying moment for the government and thanked the President for exhibiting great democratic credentials.
The Senate President pointed out that the youth had made their legitimate demands and the government has listened.
Lawan said: “The essence of coming to meet Mr. President is to review the situation and see the role the two arms of government should play in ensuring that the five-point demands are properly addressed.
“Where legislative intervention required, we are ready to move in and deal with such expeditiously to ensure that we don’t waste any time so that we address the concern of our youth.
“Where the Executive is expected, I’m sure the Executive will also expedite action. We will be watching to ensure that such demands are properly met.”
He said since they have made their point and government has accepted the issues they raised, it was time to end the protests to give room for implementation.
Lawan stated that the first demand was to end SARS, which President Buhari in an usual manner, addressed himself.
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