Nigerian governor attacked in protests

Nigerian governor attacked in protests

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Protests against police brutality have been staged across Nigeria.

Protests against police brutality have been staged across Nigeria.

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Renewed protests against police violence have been staged across Nigeria, with the governor of a state claiming he was attacked by assailants. Adegboyega Oyet...

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Renewed protests against police violence have been staged across Nigeria, with the governor of a state claiming he was attacked by assailants.

Adegboyega Oyetola, governor of Nigeria's western Osun state, said on Sunday he had survived an assassination attempt on him and members of his team while addressing protesters in Osogbo.

An unknown number of protesters were injured and vehicles in the governor's convoy damaged during the attack by what Oyetola described as political thugs.

Protests were sparked in early October by a video showing an alleged SARS officer shooting a young man in Nigeria's southern Delta State.

The video caused an outcry on social media, where it trended globally with the hashtag #EndSARS.

The government announced on October 11 it would disband SARS, a unit formed in 1992 to combat armed robberies and other serious crimes.

But it also said SARS officers will be integrated into other police units if they pass psychological tests, while a new unit - a Special Weapons and Tactical Team - will replace SARS.

The government has yet to hold SARS officers to account for past abuses or investigate and prosecute those responsible for the recent crackdown on protesters, HRW said.

Protests have therefore continued, with demonstrators calling for far-reaching reforms and judicial action to address police brutality.

Australian Associated Press

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