US rapper Kanye West has joined a growing list of international celebrities speaking out in support of large protests against police brutality in Nigeria.
“I stand with my Nigerian brothers and sisters to end police brutality, the government must answer to the peoples cries #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria,” West tweeted Monday.
Celebrities including singer Trey Songz (real name Tremaine Aldon Neverson), former professional footballer Rio Ferdinand and “Star Wars” actor John Boyega are also among those showing support to those protesting the disbandment of a controversial police unit in the West African nation.
The protests in cities across Nigeria came after weeks of outcry online from young people in the country over claims of kidnapping, harassment, and extortion by a police unit known as the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS.
Demonstrations continued after the Inspector General of Police announced Sunday that the unit was being disbanded and its officers redeployed.