As the fight to end the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Nigeria continues to gain momentum, crypto exchanges in the country as well as personalities in the space are supporting the movement by making bitcoin donations available.
After the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) shutdown a number of bank accounts helping fund the campaign, bitcoin has come to the rescue.
A crypto donation site ran by the Feminist Coalition movement is already accepting donations in bitcoin from across the world.
We're moving to only accepting donations in Bitcoin using BTC Pay. BTC Pay is a free, secure, decentralized and censorship-resistant platform, which makes it our best option, given the past few days #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria
Please donate here: https://t.co/FvsEKetUL9
— feministcoalition (@feminist_co) October 15, 2020
While a good number of celebrities around the world have joined in to show support for the movement, a number of crypto entrepreneurs in Nigeria have also spoken out about their experience with the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a notorious police unit long accused of harassment, extortion and extrajudicial killings.
A few of the crypto influencers and exchanges who have lend their hand against this police brutality campaign below are:
— jack (@jack) October 14, 2020
— Justin Sun🌞 (@justinsuntron) October 9, 2020
This is a real crisis of human rights happening now! Police are targeting young entrepreneurs for using crypto currency. Nigerians brilliantly adopted crypto early and used it legitimately to rise out of poverty and restore honor to Nigeria and this is their reward ? #EndSARS https://t.co/Tuhn83x5pA
— Ray Youssef (@raypaxful) October 11, 2020
6/ How will your contribution be used?
We will donate all funds raised to two legitimate #EndSARS support campaigns equally:
— Bundle (@BundleAfrica) October 10, 2020
Thanks for setting this up!
We just made a donation of N500,000 to help with this cause.
— BuyCoins (@buycoins_africa) October 9, 2020
Earlier this week we sent an email that we support #EndSARS because we can’t imagine having to dodge actual bad guys and the sars guys.
-We shouldn’t be scared to move around
-Owning ‘fancy’ gadgets is not a crime
-having dreadlocks is no reason to be locked up pic.twitter.com/tOJDJbPCKz
— Quidax (@QuidaxAfrica) October 10, 2020
At SiBAN, we stand by the Nigerian people who are advocating and protesting against unlawful arrest, harassment, intimidation, kidnapping, and killing of Nigeria youth by SARS and any other security unit in Nigeria. Leaders must take ACTION, not talk.#ENDSARS #ReformPoliceNG pic.twitter.com/bMhTOIS4Oo
— SIBAN (@OfficialSiban) October 10, 2020
Injustice to one is injustice to all.
We have to band together to stop this. Feeling safe as we go about our daily business is a right, not a privilege.
All of us at Flutterwave stand with Nigerians at this time ❤️🦋 https://t.co/knmTGOmZAB
— Flutterwave (@theflutterwave) October 9, 2020
NB: After days of demonstrations, authorities announced the scrapping of SARS and the redeployment of its officers to other police units. However, the announcement fell short of expectations for many protesters, who have since pledged to continue fighting for accountability, an end to police violence and a complete overhaul of the security apparatus.