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Nigerian youth demand political reforms and end to police brutality

31 October 2020 President Muhammad Buhari’s appeal for protesters against the special anti-robbery police unit SARS to stop their demands for reform and work with the government is likely to be in vain. First of all, it was astounding that he failed to mention the dozen people who had died as a result of the weeks-long protests during his national broadcast. And there is …

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UK govt admits it trained Nigeria’s infamous SARS police unit

30 October 2020 The United Kingdom has acknowledged it provided training and equipment to a now-disbanded Nigerian law enforcement unit whose alleged abuses have sparked large protests in the African nation. The minister for Africa, James Duddridge, admitted that officers in Nigeria’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) received instruction from UK officials between 2016-2020. An “End SARS” protest movement began in Nigeria in …

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Nigeria: Authorities must stop attempts to cover up Lekki Toll Gate massacre

28 October 2020 The Nigerian authorities’ must end their attempts to cover up the Lekki Toll Gate massacre, Amnesty International said, as it released a new timeline investigating the atrocity one week later. The timeline – available here – collates photographs and video footage to confirm that Nigerian Army vehicles left Bonny Camp, a military base approximately a seven-minute drive from the …

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Nigeria’s #EndSARS protest: De-escalate tensions, start deep police reform

28 October 2020 What began as an orderly demonstration against an abusive police squad has become a national crisis in Nigeria. To lower the temperature, the government needs to move quickly to investigate wrongdoing by security agencies, give victims the justice they deserve and initiate far-reaching police reforms.  Unprecedented protests against police brutality have spun into deadly clashes in several …

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Livestreaming Lekki: digital evidence of #EndSARS shooting in Nigeria makes impunity much harder

26 October 2020 Nigeria continues to convulse in angry protests over allegations that at least 12 people were killed by security forces at a toll gate in Lagos on October 20. They were taking part in the EndSARS protests against Nigeria’s notoriously violent Special Anti-Robbery Squad. Countless videos of the Lekki massacre have been uploaded online. More than 100,000 people witnessed the slow, agonising death of …

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Nigeria: Scores killed in #EndSARS protests, Buhari says

24 October 2020 Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has admitted that over 50 civilians have been killed in the worst violence in years. Protests first erupted in anger at the SARS police unit that is accused of torture and murder. Fifty-one civilians have been killed since the start of police brutality protests in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari admitted on Friday, confirming …

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Boiling point for Nigeria? Old guard under pressure after #EndSARS bloodbath

23 October 2020 How did overwhelmingly peaceful protests against police brutality turn into a bloodbath in Lagos? The anger is still palpable in Africa’s largest city after the army reportedly opened fire on unarmed demonstrators in the city centre. Amnesty International says at least 12 were killed. Why the bloodbath at Lekki Toll Plaza? What response from Nigeria’s old guard …

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Do the #EndSars protests create prospects for a new Nigeria?

23 October 2020 Following the shooting of unarmed protesters, the wounds inflicted on Nigerian society by the government’s security agencies in October 2020 will entrench anger and political mistrust. Supporters and critics of President Buhari both cite a lack of vision and leadership for the country, and with no sign the #EndSars protests will calm the country’s future remains uncertain. …

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