The Nigerian police have dispersed a crowd of protesters with live bullets, water cannons and tear gas in Abuja.
The protesters who are on the third day of protest had converged to demand an end to police brutality and the disbandment of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) unit which is notorious for human rights violations.
Co-convener of the Centre for Liberty, Adebayo Rapheal ,narrated how the police onslaught on citizens happened on Sunday.
”Fellow Nigerians, we have just been tear-gassed. I can’t see well now. My glasses are damaged. Some got shot on the back of the head,” he said.Advertisement
”They used teargas. They shot at us directly, and they used their water cannons.”
Earlier on Saturday, the police also unleashed violence on protesters who converged on the force headquarters in Abuja to demand an end to SARS.
The police authorities insist that the unit will not be disbanded but only reformed.
Previous promises of reforming SARS had failed.