The #EndSARS movement which was started as a result of a circulating video of SARS Police officers abusing a young man caused the call to end police brutality in Nigeria.
The movement gained more international attention after another video emerged out of Nigeria mid-October, including officers opening fire on hundreds of peaceful protestors killing at least 12 people and others being reportedly beaten and tortured by officers.
James Duddridge who previously helped the position of minister for Africa has admitted that British officials trained officers from the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) between 2016 and 2020, having initially denied any ties.
In a letter written to Labour MP Kate Osamor on Thursday, the minister said SARS officers had participated in training “designed to improve human rights, training on public finance, and community policing workshops,” and also confirmed radio equipment were also provided to Nigerian police, which was used by SARS.
In a statement, Kate Osamor said, “It is shocking that in the middle of global protests to End SARS, our government appears to have had no idea whether or not it was funding those very units.”
On 19 October the Minister for Africa @JamesDuddridge assured me that the UK Government had provided no funding to SARS units.
— Kate Osamor MP for Edmonton (@KateOsamor) October 29, 2020