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Founder of Nigeria’s notorious police unit SARS ‘feels guilty’

– – Fulani Kwajafa founded the recently disbanded and hated police unit the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in 1984. But years later the unit has become a point of hate and agitations among the citizens its officers were supposed to protect. Members of the SARS unit were accused of committing extrajudicial killings and torture. Recent killings carried out allegedly by some of the members of SARS sparked protests in Nigeria, receiving support globally. Kwajafa told the BBC that he feels sad and guilty about the notorious image of the disbanded…

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Nigeria disbands notorious police unit after protests from citizens

– – But with protests spreading across the world, the government announced the eventual disbandment of the police unit. PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE: The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force @PoliceNG has been dissolved WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT. The Inspector General of Police will communicate further developments in this regard. — Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) October 11, 2020 Officers in the Sars squad are accused of unlawful arrests, torture and murder. There are many who are not happy that officers from the unit will be redeployed to other units. – –…

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Nigeria bans notorious police unit from ‘stop and search’ duties

Citizens are calling for an end to police brutalities using the hashtag to share stories of their experiences. The police statement on Sunday said “no personnel of the Force is authorised to embark on patrols or tactical assignments in mufti. They must always appear in their police uniforms or approved tactical gear.” The police units have also been banned from “invasion of privacy of citizens particularly through indiscriminate and unauthorised search of mobiles, laptops and smart devices”. – – There have been reactions on social media following the news of…

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