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Nigeria: Police Brutality Affects Mental Health of Nigerian Youths – Comedian Japhman

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As the tension about EndSARS protest against Police brutality across Nigeria keeps mounting, a Nigerian US based Comedian, Japhet Attah Egwumah popularly known as Egwumah said the agitation has affected the mental health of Nigerian Youths.

He also called on the Federal Government to compensate the families of the reportedly killed EndSARS protesters.

He said this during a chat with newsmen on a plethora of issues bedevilling Nigeria at the moment.

He said while in college, he learned that the duty of the police was to protect the lives and properties of citizens; however the situation in the country right now has posed the contrary.

“When I was in college, I was taught that the duty of the police is to protect and serve the citizens of the country including the leaders of tomorrow a.k.a “the youth”. It is also written in the Nigeria constitution that the primary duty of Nigerian Police is to protect and serve it citizens; but today, the allegedly disbanded SPECIAL ANTI-ROBBERY SQUAD (SARS) which are supposed to protect us from hardened criminals and Thieves have become the opposite.

He said that “Nigeria Police do not protect the people rather do the opposite of policing and this has been happening for years while the government and IG of police turn a blind eye on Nigerian youth, despite rampant maiming and killing by SARS”.

To this end, Egwumah said the resulting effect is stress, trauma on the youth which has tampered with their state of mental health.

“Indeed, many have Post Traumatic Stress Disorders: Even those who have not experienced the trauma are stressed by proxy” he explained.