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The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to show sincerity in its disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) by throwing all of its detention centres open.

The NBA president, Olumide Akpata, who made the call at a press conference in Abuja,  listed some of the  SARS’ infamous detention centres in the country as Abuja “human abattoir” as well as the squad’s detention centres in Lagos and Port Harcourt.

He called for a comprehensive audit of all detention centres of the disbanded squad to take stock of detainees.

The NBA made the call on Tuesday as the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, said he had set up the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit that would replace the disbanded SARS.

Recall that the IGP on Sunday disbanded SARS following protests by youths, who alleged high-handedness and extortion by the squad.

The NBA president, who warned security agents against attacking anti-SARS campaigners, said the association would provide legal support for protesters.

Akpata said the association had set up a platform for submission of complaints by members of the public.

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