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Young Nigerians fight injustice

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Monday, 19 October 2020

 

Two days after Nigeria celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of its independence, a video of what appeared to be the brazen killing of a young man by the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad went viral on social media. The unit had been the subject of outrage for years. But this was a tipping point. The protests are being driven by young people, fed up with police brutality. As Sakiru Adebayo explains, young Nigerians are seeking to create a truly civil society in a bid to rescue a democracy that they say is threatened by an autocratic ruling class.

Nigeria has had several special tactical police squads. Like the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, they too have been accused of gross human rights violations over the years. This history is outlined by Lanre Ikuteyijo, who also unpacks the disbanded unit’s origin, mandate, achievements and governance structure.

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Young Nigerians protesting against the excesses of a special police squad in the country. Shutterstock

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