Protesters say they don't want reforms but a scrapping of the police unit

Protesters in Nigeria’s commercial hub, Lagos, are into the second day of a sit-in campaign calling on the government to scrap a notorious police unit that is accused by many of brutality.

The protesters, mostly young people, spent Thursday night in front of the government house in Alausa, Ikeja and refused to leave despite government officials speaking to them.

The state governor, Babajide Sanw-Olu who had promised “appropriate” and “speedy” action to resolve the harassment and extrajudicial killings the police unit has been accused of, was away in neighbouring Ondo state where there is a local election on Saturday.

Protesters have been sharing pictures and videos of Thursday night’s sit-in:

Demonstrators have resumed their peaceful sit-in on Friday with planned demonstrations gathering pace in nearby Oyo state and the capital Abuja.

Thursday’s peaceful protest had began during the day, led by popular afrobeats musicians Falz and Runtown, who called on the government to scrap the police unit.

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Nigeria’s inspector general of police had banned the unit from carrying out stop and search duties and setting up roadblocks as tempers boiled at routine harassment and atrocities allegedly committed by its officers.

Mohammed Adamu also said members of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (Sars) must always wear uniforms but Nigerians want Sars disbanded.

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