Nigeria’s Geeks Stand Up to the Police

The tech community in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, is fighting back against what its leaders say is alleged police harassment and extortion of tech workers. The campaign, titled #StopRobbingUs, was launched in September after Akinmolayan Oluwatoni, a software developer tweeted about being harassed by officers of the state’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Lagos, the country’s commercial hub. Tech company founders in Nigeria have used crowdfunding to raise up to $38,300 to finance lawsuits as well as support existing initiatives fighting police brutality. 


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