Nigeria: 4 arrested in police brutality protests


Arrests come weeks after Africa’s most populous nation was rocked by the largest anti-government protests in a long time.

Dozens of protesters took to the streets of Nigeria’s capital Abuja calling out police abuse, activists stated, two weeks after the unrest over the problem rocked the nation.

Activists stated 4 protesters had been arrested on Friday.

Footage on social media confirmed a small crowd taking to the streets to attempt to sustain stress on the authorities after a bloody crackdown helped stamp out demonstrations final month.

“4 of our members had been arrested this morning in entrance of the Nationwide Meeting,” rights activist Deji Adeyanju instructed AFP information company.

Youth-led protests in opposition to police brutality erupted early final month after a video that purportedly confirmed a federal Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS) operative killing a person was shared on-line.

After days of demonstrations, President Muhammadu Buhari’s authorities agreed to disband SARS, however the protests persevered with calls for of sweeping reforms of police forces and motion in opposition to corruption.

Amnesty Worldwide estimated that 56 individuals died throughout the nation, together with a dozen peaceable protesters gunned down by safety forces within the coronary heart of Nigeria’s largest metropolis Lagos.

Authorities denied any accountability for the killing of demonstrators.

That bloodshed unleashed days of chaos and looting in a string of cities.

Demonstrations have since stopped. However activist Adeyanju insisted the “#EndSARS” protests “will proceed” till calls for for an overhaul are met.

Authorities opponent Omoyele Sowore stated Friday’s arrests confirmed the police “won’t ever be taught”.