SARS Impertinence: Government To Prosecute Erring Police Officers- Buhari

Joseph Bakare

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday assured that the government would bring Police officers who brutalized citizens to justice.

The presidents statement is coming after nearly a week of protests against Police brutality that were met by a harsh response.

Police have opened fire with guns at protesters, as well as using water canons and tear gas to disperse them but more than a thousand demonstrators became defiant and returned to streets across the country on Monday.

On Sunday, the Police Inspector General announced disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad police unit, known as SARS.

Protesters accused the SARS of extra judicial killings and extortion.

Rights groups and protesters said they were unconvinced by the promise to disband the SARS force, saying the authorities had pledged to dissolve or reform the unit in the past with little change.

In a statement on Monday, Buhari promised extensive Police reforms, acknowledging genuine concerns and agitations by Nigerians about the excessive use of force and in some cases extra-judicial killings and wrongful conduct of the men of the Nigerian Police Force.

The president described Police misconduct as relegated to a few bad eggs.

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