Britain ‘trained’ Nigerian Sars officers, says MP

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by bbcafrica

A British politician says the UK government “trained and supplied equipment” to Nigeria’s reviled Special Anti-Robbery Squad, or Sars, over a period of four years.

Labour MP Kate Osamor tweeted that the assistance was given from 2016 until this year.

Thousands of young Nigerians across the country, as well as many in the UK and elsewhere in the diaspora, have protested in recent weeks against the police unit which has become synonymous with unlawful killings, torture and extortion.

Nigeria’s president ordered that the unit be dissolved earlier this month, though critics point out that four previous attempts to disband or reform Sars did little to change their practices.