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#EndSARSprotests: Nigerians Protest Against Brutality Of Police Force

Unic Press UK: There have been peaceful protests in several cities, and a hashtag #EndSARS is trending on Twitter, exposing the brutality, reckless assault, and high-handedness of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) against civilians in the country.

It all started Thursday, 8 October 2020:

Over the years there have been a series of worrying allegations against the various tactical squads of the Nigeria Police, especially the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), Special Tactical Squad (STS), Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Anti-Cultism Squad, and many others. They have been accused of brutality, including extrajudicial killings.

Earlier this week, the Nigeria Police chief banned the personnel of all the Tactical Squads’ from carrying out unauthorised routine patrols, stop/search duties, mounting of roadblocks, traffic checks, mounting of checkpoints, etc., in a move aimed at mollifying aggrieved Nigerians and dousing tensions. Now, it appears his intervention is slow, long overdue, and there are doubts about his readiness to walk the talk given that the protests are still intense after circa 1 week of his intervention.

 

 

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