Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has promised “extensive” reforms amid protests against police brutality.
He also promised justice for victims of police abuse and an investigation into the death of a protester in Oyo state.
Demonstrators have long called for the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars) to be broken up.
But they remain unhappy following Sunday’s announcement that officers are being redeployed to other units rather than being disciplined.
The protests have continued for a sixth day, with eyewitnesses saying police shot dead a protester in Lagos’ Surulere neighbourhood on Monday.
Earlier, there were reports of protesters barricading a major road in the commercial hub of Lagos, and others gathering close to the city’s main airport.
Over the weekend, protests against Sars spread to Europe and Canada after reports of unlawful arrests, torture and shootings.
In Monday’s video address, President Buhari said disbanding Sars was “only the first step” in a range of reforms, but added that police officers were hard-working, and the reputation of the force should not be tarnished by a “few bad eggs”.
The disbanding of SARS is only the first step in our commitment to extensive police reforms in order to ensure that the primary duty of the police and other law enforcement agencies remains the protection of lives and livelihood of our people. pic.twitter.com/XjQMSr3jlm
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) October 12, 2020
In a statement, Nigeria’s police chief Mohammed Adamu said allegations of abuse would be investigated by a committee including civil society members.
Yet many are concerned at suspected wrongdoers continuing to serve in the force, and it is unclear whether any officers will be prosecuted for past abuses.
Sceptics also point to the fact this is the fourth time in as many years that promises have been made to disband or reform Sars.
After Sunday’s announcement that the police unit would be disbanded, there were reports of officers continuing to use tear gas, water cannon and live rounds against protesters in the capital, Abuja, and the south-western state of Oyo, fuelling concerns that people in Sars had not been removed from duty.
It was not until musician Davido joined protests in Abuja that the police stopped arresting demonstrators.
Nigerian Musician Davido Joins Abuja Protest To Demand Justice For Victims Of SARS Brutality pic.twitter.com/AAqeuflvpD
— 💰Blogger Blogger💰 (@KadaNaija) October 11, 2020
The BBC’s Ishaq Khalid in the capital says there are also fears that if thousands of Sars officers were dismissed at once they could pose a security threat.
Activists say that the abuses carried out during the protests – including beatings, intimidation and the disproportionate use of force against demonstrators – were all carried out by policemen who did not belong to Sars.
They say a total overhaul of policing in Nigeria is needed.