Crowds took to the streets again in Nigeria’s largest cities on Monday in protest against police brutality. Rights group Amnesty International said five people had died since the start of the weekend, bringing the death toll to 15 since demonstrations erupted earlier this month. In Lagos, thousands brought the city to a standstill amid an outpouring of anger towards the country’s notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Authorities scrapped the unit a week ago and promised to overhaul the country’s police force. A new SWAT unit was set to start training on Monday. No sign of calm In the capital Abuja, security forces fired tear gas at protesters, according to the AFP news agency. Watch video 01:40 Share Nigeria ends SARS Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3jmUB Nigeria scraps a notorious police unit Around 50 young men in civilian clothes armed with machetes chased away demonstrators from a road close to the presidential compound. In Benin city in southern Nigeria, a crowd stormed a prison and freed inmates. Local media, quoted by the Associated Press, said as many as 200 prisoners escaped. It is as yet unclear if there were any casualties from prison… Read full this story
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