2016-09-21

Torture and Ill-Treatment in the Special Anti-Robbery Squad

The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a special branch of the Nigeria police created to fight violent crime, is responsible for widespread torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (other ill-treatment) of... Read more
The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a special branch of the Nigeria police created to fight violent crime, is responsible for widespread torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (other ill-treatment) of detainees in their custody. Amnesty International’s research shows that detainees, both men and women, are subjected to various methods of torture and ill- treatment in order to extract information and 'confessions'. Such methods include severe beating, hanging, starvation, shooting in the legs, mock executions and threats of execution. Amnesty International’s research also shows that SARS officers involved in the torture and other ill-treatment of detainees are rarely held to account and in some cases are transferred to another location to avoid punishment. 'A police unit created to protect the people has instead become a danger to society, torturing its victims with complete impunity while fomenting a toxic climate of fear and corruption,' said Damian Ugwu, Amnesty International’s Nigeria researcher. Read less
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Amnesty Nigeria for Amnesty International

September 21, 2016

Take all necessary steps to pass a bill to ensure that all acts of torture are offences under Nigeria's criminal law, reflecting the definition within the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and punishable by appropriate penalties which take into... Read more

September 21, 2016

Take all necessary steps to pass a bill to ensure that all acts of torture are offences under Nigeria's criminal law, reflecting the definition within the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and punishable by appropriate penalties which take into account their grave nature. The prohibition of torture and other ill- treatment and the essential safeguards for their prevention must not be suspended under any circumstances, including states of war or other public emergency.

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Kate Osamor

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October 29, 2020

The government has now been forced to admit that it not only spent millions training SARS but also directly supplied them with equipment.  

The government now needs to explain how and why it ever felt it was appropriate to train and equip security forces... Read more

October 29, 2020

The government has now been forced to admit that it not only spent millions training SARS but also directly supplied them with equipment.  

The government now needs to explain how and why it ever felt it was appropriate to train and equip security forces which were known to have taken part in torture and extra-judicial killings.


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#ENDSARS outcomes - I am loving this! We know for sure that there will be accountability on the UK side, ultimately. On the Nigeria side,...Read more

#ENDSARS outcomes - I am loving this! We know for sure that there will be accountability on the UK side, ultimately. On the Nigeria side, let us stay steadfast with prayers.

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Damian Ugwu for Amnesty International

September 21, 2016

With the Nigerian government’s previous attempts at stamping out torture proving completely ineffective, it is time for the authorities to ensure that officers responsible for such human rights violations are finally held accountable. 

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September 21, 2016

With the Nigerian government’s previous attempts at stamping out torture proving completely ineffective, it is time for the authorities to ensure that officers responsible for such human rights violations are finally held accountable. 

Police torture is a stain on Nigerian society that must be addressed with clear orders to law enforcement officers not to inflict torture or other ill-treatment on detainees under any circumstances.

There is also an urgent need for robust legislation that ensures all acts of torture are offences under Nigeria’s criminal law. All victims have a right to reparations, and steps must be taken to ensure that nobody profits from abusing detainees.


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UK government admits training Nigeria's brutal SARS police unit

2020/10/30 - The Independent

#EndSARS: Nigeria says Special Anti-Robbery Squad dissolved

2020/10/11 - Al Jazeera

SARS has Turned Rogue Nigeria should End it Now

2019/04/15 - African Liberty

Nigeria: Special police squad lsquo;get richrsquo; torturing detainees and demanding bribes in exchange for freedom

2016/09/21 - Amnesty International


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