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#EndSARS: ‘Disbanding SARS not enough, we want accountability,’ says victim’s sister


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A Nigerian woman whose brother disappeared after arrest by the dreaded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars) has said the disbandment of the unit is not justice.

Obianuju Iloanya told BBC Newsday that the officers in-charge of the unit should be held accountable.

Her brother was arrested – alongside other boys – by the unit in 2012 and was never seen again. The family was told by an officer that the boy had been killed but were not shown his body. The officers later denied arresting the boy.

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“Up to now we don’t know whether he is alive or not,” Ms Iloanya told Newsday.

She says she has been part of the #EndSARS protest.

“I do not just demand for Sars to be ended I want accountability, I want justice. They cannot just tell us Sars has been ended, we want closure.

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“It’s painful, it not enough for us, it doesn’t do anything for us because these officers who might have killed these boys are going scot-free with no justice,” she said.