#EndsSARS: Police react to complaints by Nigerians

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The police have promised to address widespread abuses by officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, amidst complaints by Nigerians that the department has allegedly become a cluster of criminals in uniform.

Allegations of extra-judicial killings, torture, wanton arrests for bribes and other menacing conducts flooded social media since Saturday, with citizens taking their rage to the Internet and demanding action.

The coordinators of #EndSARS, a hashtag many Nigerians have adopted to amplify the issue, told PREMIUM TIMES their aim is to compel the National Assembly and President Muhammadu Buhari to scrap SARS.

They argue that the department, which was launched in early 2000s to combat armed robbery and other criminal activities, has become too contaminated to be reformed.

It is “disheartening seeing some officers acting uncivilised and unruly. I sympathise with Nigerians who must have found themselves in such situations and believe me the authority is not happy about it!” Assistant police spokesperson, Aliyu Giwa, wrote on Twitter.

“Trust me the authority have (sic) taken actions on this issue,” he added.

Mr. Giwa did not immediately respond to requests about the specific actions police have taken towards a satisfactory solution for anti-SARS campaigners, but he mentioned the distribution of a police contact flyer as part of the solutions in a follow-up tweet.

Scores of people have narrated their ordeals after encountering SARS personnel in different parts of the country.

The complaints have ranged from how officers waylaid citizens at ATM points to how they often threatened to kill and vowing they would get away with it.

There were specific claims of how SARS officers allegedly murdered citizens for declining to pay bribes or tortured citizens.


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  • Otunga

    The worst police force in the world

  • Annabelle

    Nothing works in Nigeria, not the police, pastors, politicians or government! But, there’s a new wave in the world now and people are shedding their blinders to see. The police are corrupt for the same reason the politicians don’t want electricity in the country, because it will grant access and open the eyes of Nigerians to the outside world for them to see that they’ve been conned by the government and their pastor enablers and deserve better!

  • Rominiyis

    State and local police . They are local. You can call his mother or brother if he misbehave. People tends to misbehave and do wrongs because they knew nobody know them. This is another major advantage for having locals police themselves. They knew the criminals or they can easily find out who just walk into town and crime occurred .

    • thusspokez

      How many times have you called the mothers of your state governors, commissioners, state legislators and civil servants to complain about their corruption?

      • Rominiyis

        Not relevant to the issue . Local police live among the people in the same neighborhood. Are part of the community and neighborhood watch. You can actually walk into their house and provide information. All you do is criticise ideas that works and proffer no viable alternative meanwhile robbers continue their free ride

  • thusspokez

    When an institution is this bad, you can’t clean it up even if you try; the best solution is to disband it.

  • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

    Mr Giwa sounds an urbane and exposed officer. I hope Moshood Jimoh can borrow a leaf from his subordinate.

  • Vic

    Exactly why our police was branded the worst police force in the world. At least we thank God he acknowledged it was happening. The solution proposed though is just dumbfounding: spreading flyers. It’s only natural for a lot of people to throw them away, not to mention a few officers who can’t even read.