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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY WOULD ENSURE VICTIMS OF SARS BRUTALITY GET JUSTICE – SENATE PRESIDENT, AHMED LAWAN

Nigeria’s Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said the National Assembly will ensure justice for victims of the recently-disbanded special anti-robbery squad (SARS) unit of the Nigeria Police.


Recall that SARS was disbanded on Sunday, October 11, following nationwide protests against the extra-judicial killings, extortion, exploitation, and harassment of innocent and defenceless citizens from the group that has escalated over the past few years.


It was replaced with the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit on Tuesday, October 13, but this has not stopped Nigerians from protesting.


Lawan made this disclosure in a statement on Monday, October 26.


The President of the Senate said the lawmakers will work together to ensure the demands of all protesters against police brutality are met.


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He stated that the National Assembly is also committed to enacting laws that would reform the police.


He said; “I want to seize this opportunity to reassure our youths that the national assembly will collaborate with the executive to ensure justice for victims of misconduct and rights abuses by personnel of the disbanded special anti-robbery squad of the Nigeria Police.


“In the same vein, to discourage impunity, we will insist that the perpetrators of the alleged abuses be prosecuted and sanctioned as appropriate.


“As we seek a path out of this regrettable crisis, my heart goes out to the victims of the reprehensible violence and criminality witnessed in the last few days in many parts of the country.


“I send my condolences to the families of our security and law enforcement agents who have made the Supreme sacrifices in the course of their service to their fatherland.”


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