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Nigerian police chief orders deployment of anti-riot police unit

Nigeria’s police chief on Tuesday ordered the nationwide deployment of anti-riot officers as protests sparked by brutality by law enforcement spiralled out of control.

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The Police has deployed anti-riot unit to maintain law and order after hoodlums attacked several hot spots.

(The African Stand) — Nigeria‘s police chief ordered the nationwide deployment of anti-riot officers as protests sparked by brutality by law enforcement spiralled out of control.

A police spokesman said in a statement that anti-riot officers were being dispatched “to protect lives and property of all Nigerians and secure critical national infrastructure across the country”.

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.

The demonstrations erupted this month and were initially focused on abolishing the federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), accused of unlawful detention, extortion, and extra-judicial killings.

But after the government announced the unit would be dissolved, thousands of mainly young protesters have remained out on the streets pushing for genuine change in the country.

Esther Kamara

Written by Esther Kamara

Esther Kamara is a reporter at African Stand, covering the West African region with stories on politics and how it intersects with business, innovation, startups, and culture. She graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

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