Uche Okugo leads the Network of Nigerians in Canada, an association made up of mostly young Nigerian professionals residing in Canada. On one cold night in October, Okugo was part of a memorial vigil held in Brampton for victims of police brutality in Nigeria. It was a night that reminded him about the many times he and other members of his family had terrifying experiences with police back home. Police intimidation, brutality, extortion, and other vices have been a longstanding concern in Nigeria. But in recent years, a unit called “SARS” came to represent everything wrong with the Nigerian Police Force.

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