Inside Story

Can police brutality in Nigeria be stopped?

It was supposed to fight rampant armed robbery in Nigeria, but SARS stands accused of human rights abuses.

Stop killing us.

That is the demand made by thousands of Nigerians protesting against police brutality.

The notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has been disbanded after being accused of abuses.

Yet it is being replaced by an elite team tasked with the same duties.

President Muhammadu Buhari is promising extensive police reform, but protesters say previous efforts to overhaul the police forces were not fulfilled, and they will keep up pressure on Buhari to take more radical action.

Pledges to stop using force against protesters and the unconditional release of those detained among them have not ended the anger.

The Amnesty International says at least 10 people were killed in more than a week of protests.

With a SWAT unit taking over from SARS, has anything changed?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra


Obianuju Iloanya – activist for the #EndSARS movement; she lost her brother to police brutality

Ini Dele-Adedeji – research fellow at the University of Edinburgh Centre for African Studies

Anietie Ewang – Nigeria researcher for Human Rights Watch