Protesters demanding the scrapping of the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (F-SARS) on Saturday stormed the Louis Edet House in Abuja, headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force, demanding to see Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector-General of Police.
The protesters, who chanted “End SARS Now, End SARS Now”, vowed not to leave the place until they meet with the IGP.
Abdul Mahmud, a human rights lawyer, who led the protesters to the police headquarters, attempted to placate the protesters upon the arrival of a senior police officer, who came out of the building to address the crowd.
However, the protesters yelled: “We want to see the IG.”
Armed policemen were on standby as the protesters blocked the road in front of the force headquarters.
The protests calling for the disbandment of SARS, a tactical unit of the police, continued on the fourth day despite appeals by President Muhammadu Buhari to the protesters to remain calm and be patient with the government.
In a post on Twitter on Friday, President Buhari acknowledged the protests and assured protesters that F-SARS would be reformed.
The protests are being held across various parts of the country, despite Adamu announcing on Sunday that F-SARS officers and other operatives of other tactical units of the force have been banned from conducting routine patrols and searching individuals’ electronic devices.