Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari promised on Monday that the government would bring police officers responsible for misconduct to justice, after almost a week of sustained protests against police brutality that were met by a harsh response.
A police spokesman said minimum force had been used but demonstrators told the BBC that some people had been beaten and one said she had heard gunshots. In addition to profiling, the special police force is accused of engaging in kidnappings, extrajudicial killings, mounting illegal roadblocks, stop and search, and torture.
They say that SWAT will not end the police brutality, which is the fundamental basis of the protest. Their demands include the release of all arrested protesters, justice for victims of police brutality and compensation for the victims and their families, as well as prosecution of those suspected to be responsible.
The disbandment of the police unit came after days of mass protests in the country and by Nigerians overseas.
The Rivers State Chief Executive said the campaign should not begin and end with the scrapping of SARS since they were also in the mainstream of the police, insisting that what was needed was total reform of the Nigeria Police Force.
Na at least 10 pipo na im die during dis [#EndSARS] protests, according to Amnesty global.
Peaceful protests have been taking place in Nigerian cities and states like Ibadan, Lagos, Benin, Delta, Ilorin, Ogbomosho, Abuja, Owerri, Osun, Oyo, and more.
The government gave in to the demand on Sunday, announcing that the federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was being disbanded in a rare concession to people power in Africa's most populous nation.
One of the founders of EndSARS agitation, Segun Awosanya, popularly known as Segalink, has distanced himself from any further protest with regard to ending F-SARS, after alleging that politicians and commercial criminals have hijacked the protest for their selfish ends.
"SARS abuses in the north are limited", analyst Saminu Dala said.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, today, 13th October 2020, by section 18 (10) of the Police Act 2020, ordered all personnel of the defunct SARS to report at the Force Headquarters, Abuja for debriefing, psychological and medical examination.
He also said members of Sars must always wear uniforms and promised the unit would be investigated. Policing in Nigeria have undergone years of reforms in the past and have received millions of dollars of worldwide aid to undergo reforms.
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