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PROTECTING THE CODE: How Nigerian software engineers are arming themselves to fight police brutality

Already armed with codes, they are now adding millions of naira to their arsenal and Nigeria police better be prepared for what is coming.


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CEO of iROKOTV, Jason Njoku (left) and CEO of Co-creation hub, Bosun Tijani

They have shouted it from the rooftops.  They have begged and cried, that software developers are not internet thieves. But the police are not willing to listen. Now, united by anger, they are finally getting ready to fight back. And it will likely be bloody.

Already armed with codes, they are now adding millions of naira to their arsenal and Nigeria police better be prepared for what is coming.

It all started on Saturday, September 28 after one of them, one Toni Astro alleged that he was harassed and extorted by some of the men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS in Ogudu area of Lagos.

You can read Mr Astro’s entire touching account here.

So yeah 😪, SARZ messed up my Saturday and I get to be locked up because I’m a software developer.
A thread.

— Toni Astro (@toniastro_) September 28, 2019

 

The emotional account elicited the expected reactions from most of the crème de la crème of the Nigerian tech industry.

One of them, Bosun Tijani, the CEO of Co-creation hub, made a rallying call to all the tech CEOs in the country to make concerted efforts to fight the menace and put an end to it once and for all.

“Tag all tech CEOs, young people, youth empowerment champions and reasonable adults on this. Both local and foreign - let us bind together to end this oppression. Drop everything and get behind this. ENOUGH!” he commented while retweeting Mr Astro’s thread.

“We all told them they can be in charge of their future. They can be fulfilled and employed. We must stand up against this. It is time to act. Please tag other tech leaders - let's stand up!” the obviously infuriated Tijani added while mentioning all the tech CEOs he could remember, including former Konga CEO, Sim Shagaya, iROKOTV’s founder/CEO, Jason Njoku, Co-founder of Andela and Flutterwave, Iyin Aboyeji, Paga CEO, Tayo Oviousm, Printivo CEO, Oluyomi Ojo, hotels.ng CEO, Mark Essien and a host of others.

Tijani’s tweet:

Tag all tech CEOs, young people, youth empowerment champions and reasonable adults on this. Both local and foreign - let us bind together to end this oppression. Drop everything and get behind this. ENOUGH! https://t.co/jaP5UtSz6j

— 'Bosun Tijani (@bosuntijani) September 28, 2019

And, as expected, it wasn’t long, they were on their way to raising 100 million naira. CEO of iROKOTV Jason fired the first shot, donating 10 million naira to the cause.

Its not alot. But I just reached out to @bosuntijani and committed N10m for the defence of helpless people at the hands of those who are supposed to defend us. Please reach out directly to him commit your own o. Even if it is N10k that's fine. Bias for action this time.

— JasonNjoku (@JasonNjoku) September 29, 2019

 

Mr Njoku is demanding "robust and concerted legal effort" to protect young people working in the technology space in Nigeria.

It is understood that the target is to raise 100 million naira, and contributions are pouring in.

Software developers have become easy targets to the police in Nigeria, especially the anti-fraud and robbery units, who hide under the guise of fighting internet fraud to harass and extort innocent, hardworking software developers.

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