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Nigeria to launch investigation into alleged police brutality

JOHANNESBURG, December 6 – Nigeria will launch an investigation into police brutality after the upper house of its parliament voted to investigate the behaviour of a specialist police unit, Reuters reports.
Tuesday’s vote followed a social media campaign calling for the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to be scrapped.
The campaign has been gaining strength in the last few days with people sharing their stories of alleged abuse by the unit’s officers.
Allegations of human rights abuses over the years have clouded Nigeria’s police force although it has strongly denied these claims.
“The committee has been mandated to look into allegations of human rights abuses raised by the general public, make relevant recommendations, and include it in its final report,” the Senate said in a statement posted on its official Twitter feed.
The investigation will look into all allegations, complaints and infractions levelled against the unit.
The division has been responsible for tackling armed robberies, kidnappings and cattle rustling nationwide.
African News Agency (ANA),

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