British high commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, has called on the federal government to respect the rights of its citizens to protest.

In a post on her verified Twitter handle on Sunday, Liang also commended the federal government’s decision to disband the special anti-robbery squad (SARS).

She further urged protesters to remain peaceful amid the protests.

Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police (IGP), had dissolved the police unit after days of protests across the country.

Laing also said the IGP’s commitment to ensure accountability for human rights violations is necessary in restoring the people’s confidence in the police.

“Welcome the government announcement on the future of #SARS- an important first step. The IGP’s commitment to ensure accountability for human rights violations is essential to restoring public confidence,” she wrote.

“Hearing reports of violence affecting ongoing protests. Urge authorities to respect the right to protest and protesters to remain peaceful.”

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