Nigeria disbands SARS after nationwide protests

The Nigeria Police Force has dissolved an anti-robbery unit, SARS, following protests against alleged human-rights abuses by some of its officers.

“All officers and men serving in the unit will be redeployed to other police commands, formations and units,” a Police Force spokesman, Frank Mba, said in a statement on Twitter.

Celebrities including actor John Boyega supported calls to scrap the Special Anti-Robbery Squad. Human-rights groups including Amnesty International have accused the unit of widespread abuses, including extra-judicial killings.

A civilian and a police officer were killed during demonstrations in Nigeria.

Source Bloomberg
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