- Police in responded to the demonstrations used tear gas in several areas and in one instance shot and killed one person during protests in the southeastern city of Ogbomoso on Saturday.
- The ban of the police unit comes after several days of protests across Nigeria with thousands of people demanding the immediate dismantling of the police unit.
- The presidential directive issued today states that SARS members will be replaced and new legislation.
Nigerian ’s presidency, Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohamed, announced the immediate ban of operations and raids by the unit, at a press conference today in the country’s capital, Abuja. The Nigerian Government ordered the controversial police unit disolved accused of; Brutality after several days of protests, harassment, torture and in some instances murder.
“IGP M.A Adamu … has today, 11th October, 2020, dissolved the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) across the 36 State Police Commands and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT),” a statement from police spokesman Frank Mba read.
The ban of the police unit comes after several days of protests across Nigeria with thousands of people demanding the immediate dismantling of the said police unit, accused of notoriety in arbitrary arrests, torture, and in some cases murders.
Police in responded to the demonstrations used tear gas in several areas and in one instance shot and killed one person during protests in the southeastern city of Ogbomoso on Saturday. The murdered man was identified as one Jimoh Isiaka and his death was confirmed by the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.
“I have received with deep sadness the news of the passing of one of our children, Jimoh Isiaka, who was shot during the ENDSARS protest in Ogbomoso,” the Governor announced on Saturday. “He later died at Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso…” he added in the Twitter statement.
Five other persons from the state were also injured by the police and were taken to hospital for treatment, as was elaborated by the governor.
Opposition to the SARS police unit has for long been in Nigeria but the pressure to have it disbanded momentum after the publication of a video of the murder of a young man at a police station in the Niger Delta (southeast), images that the police weren’t real.
A 2016 report by the non-governmental organization Amnesty International (AI) already warned of the torture and inhuman treatment of detainees by the controversial SARS unit in an attempt to extract confessions or information.
According to the organization, these methods included beatings, hangings, shots in the legs, threats and attempts at execution, among other acts that violate human rights.
Amnesty warned of these practices again this year, saying that “torture is routine in SARS investigative methods”. Amnesty International added that it has so far documented 82 cases of police brutality in Nigeria in the period between 2017 and 2020.
People detained by SARS have suffered torture methods including hanging, mock execution and sexual violence, according to Amnesty.
The Nigerian government has on several occasions promised reforms to the unit and the President, Muhammadu Buhari , on Friday, after a meeting with the Inspector General of Police, made his commitment to reform SARS and to end police brutality and unethical behavior amongst the country’s police units.
The presidential directive issued today states that SARS members will be replaced and new legislation will be enacted to prosecute those involved in various crimes.