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The organization asked Scotland to “urgently consider recommending the suspension of Nigeria from the Commonwealth to the Heads of Government, the Commonwealth Chair-in-office, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, as Head of the Commonwealth, to push the government to respect the Commonwealth’s values of human rights, transparency, accountability and the rule of law.”

I froze. His voice clattered like pebbles jangled over one another. That word singed my flesh like a hot whiplash. He had his gun cocked on the instant, the right hand finger caressing the holster and the left playing menacingly on the gun’s midriff. His eyes dilated like a piece of red-hot coal. It was as if I had received a jab from a cruel nurse’s syringe. Or a hot punch to my chin that left me momentarily immobilised.

The spokesman of the Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, revealed this in a statement on Sunday, saying the confiscation of the arms and arrest of the suspects was carried out on Saturday after the protest calling for the dissolution of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad turned violent.

The spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed the incident in a statement, said it had nothing to do with the ongoing nationwide protest demanding the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, tagged: #EndSARS

The then increase in crime as a result of the police absence birthed the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, with just 15 officers working in the dark without the Army’s knowledge when tracking police radio chatter and normal policing duties didn’t resume until after two weeks of dialogue between the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Police.