Nigeria Dissolves Controversial Police Unit

Nigeria on Sunday dissolved a special police unit set up to fight violent crimes after deadly protests and a social media campaign backed by music and cinema celebrities rose up against years of alleged abuses.

The president’s office and the Nigeria Police Force announced the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) with immediate effect.

The police statement also announced an investigation into allegations “of crimes committed against citizens”, adding that “the culprits will be punished”.

The investigation will involve human rights groups and civil society organisations, it said, adding that former SARS officers are to be redeployed into other units.