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Nigerians protest police brutality after promised dismantling of elite force

By Abiodun Ogundairo
13 October 2020   |   12:20 pm
Hundreds of people block one of the main highways in Lagos, demanding that officials follow through on an announcement that the feared Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) police unit be scrapped.

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