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What is the significance of Nigeria’s #EndSARS protests?

[Image courtesy of Aisha Yesufu - twitter.com/AishaYesufu/status/1315022295379963904, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license. - Cropped] The SARS (or Special Anti-Robbery Squad) were a unit of the Nigerian Police Force that was recently disbanded following an international protest movement against the division. The #EndSARS protests and social movement accuses the SARS of a multitude of crimes and acts of brutality and corruption, and demands the dissolution of this unit of the Nigerian Police Force. Nigeria’s Police Inspector General disbanded the SARS on 11th October 2020. What is the history of the SARS? How did the #EndSARS movement start in Nigeria and elsewhere? What is the wider significance of the #EndSARS movement?
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In a year of widespread global protests against police brutality, Nigeria will be remembered for the most brutal repression of protesters by the police and military, with protesters shot dead in cold blood for all the internet and all the world to see. On the 21st October 2020 social media footage began to emerge of Nigerian military operatives opening fire on a large group of protesters near the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, in what is being called the Lekki Massacre. Other footage of seeming executions of protestors in the streets are flooding out of Nigeria in a year that will be defined by anti-police brutality protests. But despite widespread protests of a similar nature all over the United States, France, Hong Kong, and elsewhere, this display of violence will remain the most shocking.

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The Nigerian Police Force's Special Anti-Robbery Squad was formed in 1992 in response to widespread police desertion following the murder of a Nigerian Army Colonel by police officers; the SARS were initially established as an interim police force but became a mainstay. The SARS descended into corruption in the following few decades, and in 2018 the unit was overhauled and their name changed to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, however abuses of power including murder, extortion, torture, framing and blackmail continued. Unfortunately despite the massive social movement to end these abuses in 2020, Mohammed Adamu Inspector General of Police shared plans to dissolve SARS, but the plan entails redeploying these officers to other Police Commands and Formations and Units. Dissolution will therefore most likely be meaningless as these criminal officers will ultimately be reassigned, this one act will not end police brutality and corruption in Nigeria, and like 2018, amounts to little more than a name change.

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The Nigerian Police Force's Special Anti-Robbery Squad was formed in 1992 in response to widespread police desertion following the murder of a Nigerian Army Colonel by police officers; the SARS were initially established as an interim police force but became a mainstay. The SARS descended into corruption in the following few decades, and in 2018 the unit was overhauled and their name changed to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, however abuses of power including murder, extortion, torture, framing and blackmail continued. Unfortunately despite the massive social movement to end these abuses in 2020, Mohammed Adamu Inspector General of Police shared plans to dissolve SARS, but the plan entails redeploying these officers to other Police Commands and Formations and Units. Dissolution will therefore most likely be meaningless as these criminal officers will ultimately be reassigned, this one act will not end police brutality and corruption in Nigeria, and like 2018, amounts to little more than a name change.
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