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Nigeria Police Chief Order Anti-Riot Unit To Deploy Nationwide

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  • The police spokesman said in a statement that the anti-riot offers were being deployed "to protect lives and property of all Nigerians and secure critical national infrastructure across the country". 
  • The demonstrations that erupted this month were initially focused on abolishing the federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) - accused of unlawful detention, extortion, and extra-judicial killings.
  • The government announced that the unit would be dissolved but thousands of youths have remained out on the street pushing for genuine change in the police post.

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Nigeria’s police chief has ordered for nationwide deployment of anti-riot officers as protests triggered by police brutality spiraled out of control.

The police spokesman said in a statement that the anti-riot offers were being deployed “to protect lives and property of all Nigerians and secure critical national infrastructure across the country”.

The anti-police brutality protests in Nigeria shows no sign of coming to an end anytime soon despite announcements of reforms by the government.

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The demonstrations that erupted this month were initially focused on abolishing the federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) – accused of unlawful detention, extortion, and extra-judicial killings.

The government announced that the unit would be dissolved but thousands of youths have remained out on the street pushing for genuine change in the police post.

Related: Protesters Shot Dead In Lagos Nigeria, Others Injured As Police Brutality Escalates

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