#ENDSARS– Nigerian protesters have promised to keep up their campaign seeking justice for victims of police brutality. An overhaul of the security apparatus, even as authorities announced the immediate disbanding of a notorious anti-robbery unit.
Sparked by the alleged killing of a man by an officer in southern Nigeria. Thousands of people this week took to the streets across the country to protest against police brutality.
They also demanded the complete abolition of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Many more used the #EndSARS hashtag online to share stories. Stories like alleging extortion, torture, disappearances and even murders at the hands of members of the unit.
AS A RESULT OF THIS #ENDSARS PROTEST…
Nigeria’s government has dissolved an infamous police unit. Plagued with allegations of extrajudicial killings and abuse after days of protests against police brutality.
Insp Gen Mohammed Adamu, who had previously dismissed the prospect of the unit being disbanded.
Also, announced new measures “in response to the yearnings of the Nigerian people”. Sars officers will fill in to other units, a “new policing arrangement” to replace it would soon be announced.
Amnesty International’s director in Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, said. “The announcement falls short of demands for accountability and justice for abuses committed by the unit and police in general.
“The police authorities must state strongly the concrete steps they will take to ensure all officers alleged to have committed human rights violations are investigated and brought to justice.
Sars rise in 1992 to address rising violent crime.