NIGERIA: SARS dissolved


Following mass protests across the country calling for the dissolution of SARS, a controversial Nigerian police unit, the government has abdicated: the structure is finally dissolved.

The SARS is accused of brutality and police violence. It is a special anti-theft brigade which was created in 1992. Its objective is to fight against the rise in violence and crime across the country. But very quickly, the populations did not feel protected but rather attacked and sometimes in an arbitrary manner.

This Sunday, October 11, 2020, the Inspector General of Police, Mohamme Adamu dissolved the structure. The announcement was made by police spokesman Franck Mba. This decision was prompted by several protests across the country, demonstrations organized by the youth against this special unit. “The dissolution of SARS is a response to the aspirations of the Nigerian people,” the police statement said.

Public anger has mounted after a video was released showing unit members shooting a man in Delta state. It also prompted the organization of a campaign through social media calling for the disbandment of this team with the hashtag #ENDSARS.

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However, the decision to dissolve this controversial special brigade does not satisfy public opinion in its entirety because, according to them, their crimes have gone unpunished. The director of Amnesty International in Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, for his part, has stated that this measure does not meet the requirements of accountability and justice for abuses committed by the unit and the police in general.


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