Nigerian protestors force government to shut down brutal police unit

One man was shot dead by police on Saturday as thousands of Nigerians continued to protest about police brutality.

The protestors were calling for the scrapping of a notorious police unit, the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS).

The protests worked – on Sunday, President Muhammadu Buhari said he would shut down the unit.

The protests were triggered by the death of a young man last weekend in Delta State.

Officers in the unit have been accused of murder, extortion, harassment, assault and other crimes by young Nigerians.

Many have gone on social media to tell their story under the hashtag #EndSARS.

Activists called for the notorious unit to be shut down.

A man, Jimoh Isiaka, was shot dead while protesting on Saturday in Ogbomoso in Oyo state.

Peaceful demonstrations inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement in America have been held in major cities throughout the country.

Some of the country’s biggest celebrities including Tiwa Savage and Nollywood actors have come out in support of the action.