EndSARS: Again, Nigerians Declare War Against SARS Over Brutality And Unlawful Killing, Call For Disbandment Of Unit


EndSARSMany Nigerians have on Saturday declared war against men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian police, calling for the unit to be disbanded.

The call for the disbandment of SARS is a long-running national issue fuelled by countless bad testimonies of ordinary Nigerians.

Through #EndSars hashtag, many Nigerians have called for the scrap of the operative over unlawful arrests, high-handedness, humiliation, extortion  and unlawful detention and killing.

Saturday’s outrage appeared to have been triggered by a post from a Twitter user who said he recorded SARS officials shooting “a young boy dead at Ughelli, Delta state”.

It is yet unclear what actually took place in Delta, but the video which has since gone viral showed men chasing a vehicle labelled with the inscription ‘police’.

According to Channels TV, Commissioner of Police in Delta State, Hafiz Inuwa, when contacted declared that his men did not shoot anyone.

He said;

What happened was that they were on patrol when they saw a Lexus jeep passed by the roadside. Immediately, the Lexus jeep saw the patrol jeep, they just zoomed off.

The Commissioner added;

The police gave chase, caught up with the Lexus and occupied it, Inuwa said. However, one of the suspects tried to jump out of the moving vehicle and, in the process, sustained injuries. He is still alive and in hospital.

This triggered many Nigerians on Twitter to recount their past terrible encounters with SARS officials in different parts of the country.

On his part, convener of the #EndSars movement, Segun Awosanya on Saturday described the issue of SARS as a “madness” but called for Nigerians to “engage strategically”.

Also, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar condemned SARS’ “cruel actions against our people” and called for a review of the unit’s operations.

Atiku opined that SARS was set up to confront violent crimes such as armed robbery, kidnapping and other related crimes, stressing;

However, the unit has today morphed into an oppressor of the Nigerian masses who strive every day for a better life.

Reports of intimidation, harassment and outright extortion by officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have continued unabated.

He added;

I strongly condemn their cruel actions against our people, and I urge the government to rise to the occasion and nip this monstrosity in the bud with the seriousness it deserves.

It is expedient that the activities of SARS are reviewed to ensure that the rogue elements are excised from the unit and sanity returned to its operations.

Lending his voice to the movement, popular pentecostal cleric, Apostle Johnson Suleiman said SARS is “a disgrace to the police force”.

In his reaction to social media reports, public commentator, Dr. Joe Abah wondered whether the Federal Government and Police are “not aware of the nefarious activities of SARS or that they support it? I don’t understand”.

See other reactions from Nigerians on Twitter below;

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