Atiku Abubakar, Nigeria’s Former Vice President, has called on Federal Government to take drastic action on the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad unit of the Nigerian Police with a view to flush out the criminal elements and restore sanity in its operations.
He passed this message through a tweet on his verified Twitter handle @atiku on Saturday.
Atiku noted with dismay that SARS, instead of confronting violent crimes such as armed robbery, kidnapping, and other related crimes for which it was set up is busy oppressing, intimidating, killing, and extorting from ordinary Nigerians.
His tweet reads, “The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigerian Police was set up to confront violent crimes such as armed robbery, kidnapping, and other related crimes. 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 have continued unabated. 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’s 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.”
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