The End SARS protests going on in Nigeria has attracted the attention of the United Nations (UN).
António Guterres, the Secretary-General of the organization on Thursday commended the government’s decision to undertake “broader reforms” in the Nigeria Police.
The Secretary-General spoke through his spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, in New York.
Guterres said he was prepared to “accompany Nigeria in those efforts”.
The UN boss welcomed the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and urged the government to undertake broader police reforms.
The world body urged the country’s security forces to exercise “maximum restraint” in their response.
“The Secretary-General is following the protests in Nigeria calling for the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and an end to human rights violations allegedly committed by security agencies.
“The Secretary-General stresses the importance of respect for peaceful protests and freedom of assembly and calls on the security forces to exercise maximum restraint in the policing of the demonstrations.”