Minutes after Adewale Charles Olugbenga and his sweetheart, Nanfe, exhanged marital vows in Jos on Saturday, the couple did something special.
They dedicated their wedding to the millions of Nigerians who are calling on their government to end police brutality and reform the force.
The couple even carried a pro-EndSARS placard to show their support for the movement. Olugbenga, who is a doctoral student at the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, wasn’t too happy when he posed for the EndSARS picture.
We didn’t speak with the couple directly. We were not going to let our interest in their story get in the way of their honeymoon. But we spoke to Arogundade Moshood Abiola, the groom’s friend.
“When I wanted to take the picture, I asked him to smile but he refused,” Abiola told The Realm News last night.
“He said SARS has killed so many people, so there is nothing to smile about. He said the government should reform the police and end brutality,” the groom’s friend said.
Demonstrators are marching across Nigeria against widespread police brutality mainly targeted at young people. They urged the authorities to disband the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a police unit blamed for illegal arrests, extortion and extra-judicial killings. SARS has been dissolved but protesters now insist on comprehensive police reform.
These newly-weds used their wedding to amplify that message. Have another look at the picture.