Police Brutality: The Current State of Nigeria

 Nigerian police utilized teargas on Friday to scatter many individuals in the capital Abuja who had assembled to protest at alleged brutality by individuals from a special police unit, witnesses say. 

Protesters, some holding placards, ran as billows of teargas lingered palpably. Multiple individuals at the incident said on Twitter that police had let out the canisters. 

A representative for the police didn't promptly react to a message and call mentioning remark. 

"They poured teargas on all of us, it's so hot I needed to put water all over. This is the thing that Nigeria has become," said by Anita Izato, a protester. 

"We simply arrived with our placards and chose, they began tossing us teargas. That was it," another protester said. 


Inconsistent protests have broken out across Nigeria in recent days following a video circled a week ago claiming to show individuals from the Special Anti-Robbery squad, known as SARS, killing a man in Delta state. 

The police vowed to change the unit not long after the alleged incident, including by restricting SARS agents from doing routine watches and expecting them to wear garbs when on the job. Be that as it may, protesters have required the unit to be nullified. 

Nigerians and international rights groups for quite a long time have accused SARS of brutality, harassment and coercion, and there have been multiple pledges before, including from the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, to change the unit. 

#EndSARS has been trending on Twitter in Nigeria for a few days, mainstream singer Naira Marley held an Instagram chat with a police representative over the issue observed live by in excess of 30,000 individuals and even the appointee legislative head of Lagos state said he had been annoyed by SARS agents. 

"Each resident of Nigeria ought to be vexed," Lagos state government representative Gboyega Akosile said in a Tweet, sharing a video of Lagos state Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat addressing protesters and sharing his own account of harassment.

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