Buhari Vows to Prevent Repeat of Anti-Police Brutality Protests
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that he will do whatever it takes to ensure that a repeat of #EndSARS protest does not occur in Nigeria. Buhari added that the government will continue dialogue with relevant stakeholders in ensuring a peaceful and harmonious socio-economic environment across the country. Thousands took to the streets under the slogan #EndSARS to protest against the force, which the demonstrators blame for killings, torture and extortion. According to the human rights group Amnesty International, at least 56 people were killed across the country since protests began. The army denied involvement. The unit was officially disbanded in the wake of the protests but instead replaced by the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT). A formal inquiry into the deaths of #EndSARS protesters is being undertaken by the government and other agencies. The International Criminal Court is examining evidence from the marches.
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Protesters at an #EndSARS protest in Lagos in mid-October, 2020.