Nigeria’s head of police dissolves controversial Particular Anti-Theft Squad

It added that the police was redeploying members of the unit and would announce a brand new technique to deal with SARS’ remit of preventing armed theft, kidnapping and different violent crime.

The unit’s alleged heavy-handed strategies have for years drawn condemnation from Nigerians, notably the younger, who say SARS officers commonly goal, beat and extort them.

On Sunday, Nigerian police used teargas to disperse tons of of protesters within the capital Abuja, in a repeat of what witnesses mentioned have been related occasions on Friday.

Police officers and politicians have mentioned they have been disbanding or reforming the group a number of occasions in recent times, although with little seen change, critics say.