What to know about Nigeria’s #EndSARS protests

Protesters carry placards during ongoing demonstrations to call for the scrapping of the controversial police unit at Ikeja on October 9, 2020.

Photo credit: Pius Utomi Ekpei | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Bowing to the pressure, president Muhammadu Buhari announced on October 11 that SARS would be dissolved, with immediate effect.
  • He said the move was “only the first step” in more extensive reforms to Nigeria’s police.
  • A new SWAT unit was announced to replace SARS, with promises that it will be “ethical”.

Protests against police violence in Nigeria show no sign of stopping as thousands continue to take to the streets despite announcements of reforms by the government.

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