Does UN needs 30 days before intervening in protests in a country?
By Kinsomebody Egbuchu
FACT CHECK: Is it true UN needs 30 days before intervening in protests in a country?
October 18, 2020

On Saturday, a message on the period the United Nations needs before intervening in a country where there has been ongoing protests went viral on social media platforms.

In a tweet, Harvey Funmilayo, a United Kingdom-based Nigerian doctor and Twitter influencer, had said the UN cannot intervene in a country if protests have not exceeded 30 days.

Funmilayo has over 200,000 followers on Twitter.

β€œI just heard according to UN Constitution any protest that reaches 30days will make UN intervene in that country. The Nigeria govt knows this. Many young people don’t know it. EXCEPT the govt makes visible tangible immediate changes, #EndSARS protests MUST GO ON. Tell others,” Funmilayo tweeted.

The post was shared by many social media users, who advocated for widespread participation in the ongoing #EndSARS protest.

There was a renewed protest against the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) after a video showing a man allegedly gunned down in Delta by operatives of the police unit was circulated online.

Using the EndSARS hashtag, celebrities such as Folarin Falana, a Nigerian rapper better known as Falz, and Runtown, a musician, led the campaign against Police brutality.

On the third day of the protest, Mohammed Adamu, Inspector-General of Police (IGP), disbanded SARS and President Muhammadu Buhari said the dissolution of SARS was a first step in improving the operations of the Police.

But the protesters refused to leave the streets, insisting that more concrete steps must be taken in reforming the Police. Social media has been the force behind the protest as coordination and dissemination of information are done there.

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