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.