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Africa Entertainment News of Wednesday, 17 February 2021


SARS era was a terrible time in Nigeria – Omah Lay

Nigerian record producer and singer, Omah Lay Nigerian record producer and singer, Omah Lay

Nigerian record producer and singer, Omah Lay originally born Stanley Omah Didia has described the period where the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operated in his homeland as difficult times.

According to him, the period in which they existed is not something he wishes to remember as a Nigerian.

“The SARS thing was a terrible time and sometimes I just don’t want to remember what happened during the period. I just don’t want to remember the Lekki massacre and all that. It was terrible”, he stated.

Sharing his experience with SARS on Y 107.9 FM’s Myd Morning Radio Show with Rev Erskine, the musician said, “just after the release of ‘Bad Influence’, I was held by SARS when I was returning from the studio at a late hour. I just thank God I had a hit song then and I was a recognizable face”.

The musician believes if it had been a different person, it would have been a problem for that individual, and was fortunate he was popular then.

Omah Lay disclosed he lost people close to him because of SARS harassments. “I lost a lot of people to SARS and my emotions broke when I heard someone in Port Harcourt was shot for refusing to unlock his phone”.

In October 2020, the youth of Nigeria started a worldwide protest calling for the abolishment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) which they accused of robbery, bribery, and youth harassment.

After weeks of mass demonstrations against police brutality, the government agreed to disband a widely hated police unit.

In Nigeria, it took just three weeks of mass demonstrations for President Muhammadu Buhari to announce he would eliminate the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, or SARS, the most reviled segment of the national Nigerian Police Force.

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