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Nigeria Police Abuse Urges Sacking of Officers

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A panel set up by Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission has recommended the dismissal and prosecution of a number of police officers for torture, extra-judicial killings and illegal detentions.

The committee, set up in the wake of mass street protests against police brutality in 2020, has not said how many officers it wants to be dismissed or prosecuted, but that this will be made public at a later date.

The panel headed by a senior judge, Sulaiman Galadima, has also ordered the payment of compensation to victims of police brutality.

Earlier this month, dozens of victims or their families had received similar compensations totalling about $700,000 (£649,000) – the first such payments since the national panel was set up.

The protests which took place nearly two years ago under the hashtag #EndSars were against a notorious police unit known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad or Sars.

They forced the authorities to disband the unit – created to fight violent crime including armed robberies and kidnappings.

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