UK government finally admits it trained and equipped Nigeria’s homophobic SARS unit

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10/30/2020

The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has a long record of horrifying abuses, including the routine intimidation, harassment and attacks of peaceful protesters. It has also been accused by Amnesty International of torture, extrajudicial executions and many other human rights violations. After previously denying any ties to the brutal unit, the UK minister for Africa James Duddridge has finally admitted that British officials did in fact train and supply officers. In a letter sent to Labour MP Kate Osamor on Thursday, the minister said SARS officers participated in training which he claimed was “designed to improve human rights, training on public finance, and community policing workshops”. He also confirmed radio equipment was given to Nigerian police which was then used by SARS.

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