This is article is constantly updated with new information to reflect how Nigerian tech companies are supporting (or onlooking) the #EndSARSProtest.
Police brutality and COVID-19: two viruses currently killing Nigerians. But the former is more deadly, it has killed more Nigerian youths than COVID-19.
Since Nigeria celebrated its independence on October 1, coronavirus has killed three people as of October 12, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) officers, however, have killed at least 10 people and injured many between October 8 and October 12, 2020, according to Amnesty International - Nigeria.
Thus, despite the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on October 11, 2020, the #EndSARSProtest has intensified. Nigerian youths want police brutality to stop. They want a definite end to the rogue unit, which has been banned at least four times in three years.
In addition to putting an end to the brute anti-robbery squad, protesters have put forward five demands:
- Immediate release of all arrested protesters
- Justice for all deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families
- Setting up an independent body to oversee the investigation & prosecution of all reports of police misconduct (within 10 days).
- In line with the new Police Act, psychological evaluation & retraining (to be confirmed by an independent body) of all disbanded SARS officers before they can be redeployed
- Increase police salary so that they are adequately compensated for protecting lives and property of citizens
Since the second week of October 2020 was Customer Service Week, it is pertinent to highlight the stance of Nigerian tech companies on the #EndSARSProtest. Because both their customers and employees are susceptible to SARS and police harassment.
These Tech Companies Have Shown Support for #EndSARS Protest
Following the unfortunate encounter of Akinmolayan Oluwatoni with the brute police division in September 2019, tech leaders started the #StopRobbingUs campaign. The campaign is "against the imminent threat by the Nigerian Police to the $2 billion tech industry and the rights and freedom of Nigerian youth".
The #StopRobbingUs campaign is still calling on more survivors of police brutality to come forward, so that it can file multiple legal suits against the NPF. Survivors can contact the campaign via bit.ly/stoprobbingus-survivors.
Also Read: In Nigeria, youthfulness has become a crime. Young Nigerians are daily assaulted by those whose responsibility it is to maintain law and order—the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and its Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) division.
This time around, the #EndSARSProtest cuts across across industries and individual differences. It's a united effort to end police brutality. And while it has no arrowhead, the #EndSARSProtest is not rudderless. The demands are clear.
These tech companies have donated money to support the protest to end police brutality in the country. (If there is any company not listed, please let us know).
Flutterwave could easily be the most socially-conscious tech company in Nigeria. From organising fundraiser for #StopRobbingUs, job fair for developers sacked by Andela to launching stores, to support business during the pandemic.
The payment solution company set up EndSARS Fund and raised ₦2 million internally from its staff. The EndSARS was then made public, and as at the last update (October 13) over ₦25 million has been raised. The EndSARS Fund is being disbursed by the Feminist Coalition to provide support for protesters.
Today we donated NGN5,520,000 to 26 protests; and hospital bills, food, & other supplies— feministcoalition (@feminist_co) October 12, 2020
Total raised: NGN 25,181,051.34
Total disbursed: NGN 8,420,000
KES 52,045.60#EndSARS #SARSMustEnd
Piggyvest is one of the leading savings and investment platforms in Nigeria. It donated ₦1 million to pay the medical bills of Joy Eze. Piggyvest is one the first companies to create a graphic for the #EndSARS campaign. They have been very vocal on their stance: end police brutality in Nigeria.
This 13-year-old tech company is also socially-conscious. Earlier in June, Softcom had set up a platform to crowdfund ₦10 billion for Lagosians most-affected by coronavirus.
Softcom and its subsidiary, Eyowo, has donated ₦1 million to the Feminist Coalition in solidarity for protest against police brutality.
5. Bundle Africa
Bundle Africa, the recently launched social payment app for cash and cryptocurrency, has set up three crypto wallets, to raise funds globally in support of the #EndSARS protest. Funds collected through this wallets will be disbursed to the Feminist Coalition and Flutterwave's #EndSARS Fund.
The Bundle team says it has contributed 2, 145 BUSD (₦1 million) to the crypto fund. And Founder of Bundle, Yele Bademosi, says, "I am personally contributing an additional ₦500,000 (1,072.5 BUSD) to the cryptocurrency fund".
5/ How can you contribute to the fund?— Bundle (@BundleAfrica) October 10, 2020
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Paystack, one of the leading online payment company in Nigeria, has donated ₦1 million to the Feminist Coalition
Bamboo, one of the leading investment platforms in the country, donated ₦1 million to the Feminist Coalition.
8. Bitsika Africa
Bitsika Africa — the African Cash App which recently named David Adeleke (AKA Davido) as brand ambassador — set up a fund in partnership with Coins App and Danny Oyekan, Founder and Chairman of Dan Holdings. Their #EndSARS fund has $5,000 (₦1.9 million) to provide medical and logistic support to protesters.
Eden, Nigeria's foremost automated concierge service, has donated ₦500,000 to the EndSARS Fund. This is in addition to sensitizing its Twitter followers to #EndPoliceBrutality: "Say something, do something, change everything".
BuyCoins, a fast-growing crypto trading platform, was one of the first tech companies to contribute to the #EndSARS Fund set up by EndSARS. It contributed ₦500,000.
Fliqpay enables cross-border payment for businesses, fintechs and global organisations. It has contributed ₦500,000 to the #EndSARS Fund.
12. Money Africa
Money Africa, a leading financial edtech platform, donated ₦500,000 to the #EndSARS Fund.
Deimos is a cloud native developer and security operations company. Although its office is in South Africa, many Nigerian developers work with the company remotely. Deimos contributed ₦500,000 to the #EndSARS Fund.
Quidax, a crypto trading platform, has also donated ₦500,000 to the Fund.
Voyance is a data science company. It contributed ₦500,000 to the fund.
Risevest, a fintech company connecting Africans with dollar-denominated investment, donated ₦400,000 to the Feminist Coalition.
17. Busha Hub
Busha Hub, a cryptocurrency exchange platform, said it donated ₦500,000 #EndSARS protest
Swipe, which offer credit card and cash management services to small businesses in Africa, donated ₦300,000 to the #EndSARS Fund.
Pandar, a cryptocurrency trading platform, donated ₦101,400 to the Fund.
Tech companies in this category have shown their support for the #EndSARSProtest. But they have not donated to the #EndSARS Fund or the Feminist Coalition (perhaps, they didn't make their donations public).
SafeBoda is an African bike-hailing and fintech company. It launched in Ibadan, a city in western Nigeria in April 2020. SafeBoda allowed its staff to join the protest and provided free rides and allowing its employees
To this effect, we will be providing free rides (to the limit of N300) to all those who will be going to the #endSARS peaceful protest @ Iwo Road, Ibadan tomorrow. We will announce the promo codes later below this thread. cc @connectIBADAN #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria— Babájídé Dúróshọlá (@Babajiide) October 12, 2020
Andela has tweeted its support for the #EndSARSProtest
We strongly condemn any acts of intimidation and hope that the peaceful protests that is ongoing right now, brings a swift resolve to the situation #ENDSARS— Andela Nigeria (@Andela_Nigeria) October 10, 2020
3. Kuda Bank
Kuda Bank, a leading digital bank in Nigeria has also tweeted its support for the protest against police brutality
The ride-hailing has not shared anything on its Twitter handle, but it is showing in-app support
On Uber >>>> pic.twitter.com/zPJxWKG00t— Diamond-Hope Kingston (@DiamondHope_) October 13, 2020
5. Rubies Bank
Rubies Bank, a digital bank in Nigeria, has shown support by giving out recharge card to protester.
6. Abeg App
The social payment app putting fun in functional has continuously tweeted it support the protest against police brutality.
7. Google Africa
Google has also tweeted it support for the #EndSARS Protest
We strongly oppose oppression, brutality & intimidation. We believe a fair and impartial police force is a critical element of a stable society, & that abuse of power infringes on people’s democratic & human rights. We urge a speedy resolution to the current situation. #EndsSARS— Google in Africa (@googleafrica) October 15, 2020
8. ALAT by Wema Bank
ALAT, the foremost digital bank in Nigeria launched by Wema Bank, has also lend its voice to the protest against police brutality.
9. Passage Mobile
Passage Telecom, one of the leading communication service providers in West Africa, has provided the Feminist Coalition with a helpline to support the #EndSARS protests across the country.
10. Bolt Nigeria
Despite the SARS incident that rocked the ride-hailing service earlier in October, Bolt Nigeria has showed its support for the fight against police brutality.
SARS INCIDENT UPDATE - 04.09.2020 pic.twitter.com/DxSA3caohX— Bolt Nigeria (Taxify) (@Boltapp_ng) October 4, 2020
Tech Companies "Yet to Speak"
On the other hand, there are tech companies who are "Yet to Speak". They are towing the line of neutrality. These tech companies have not made known their stance on the #EndSARSProtest.
List of Tech Companies "Yet to Speak" about #EndSARSProtest
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The limitation of a list like this is its inability to be exhaustive. However, we're attempting to make this exhaustive. If there is any company omitted, please let's know.