Nigerian singer, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, known professionally as Wizkid, has called out President Muhammadu Buhari to show concern on the worsening reports of police brutality and killings of young citizens of Nigeria.
Wizkid lends his voice after prominent Nigerians like former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, and ex-senate president, Bukola Saraki, Apostle Suleman, and others who have expressed concern about incessant harassment of Nigerians by a unit of the Nigeria Police Force known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
A Viral video on social media showing the moment some angry youths apprehended a SARS operative after he allegedly shoots at a moving vehicle, killing a female passenger in the vehicle was among what triggered
His tweet reads;
“Donald Trump is not your business! Old man! Police/Sarz still killing Nigerian youth on a daily! Do something! Nothing concern u for America! Face your country!!” Wizkid said in reaction to a tweet by President Buhari wishing U.S. President, Donald Trump, quick recovery from COVID-19.
Earlier on Saturday, Atiku had taken to his Facebook page to criticise activities of the SARS in the country.
He said, “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 (SARS) 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,” he said.
Also speaking in a Facebook post on Saturday, former senate president, Saraki, said: “The reports of the continued harassment, illegal arrest, detention and high handedness by rogue cells of SARS against innocent Nigerians – most of them young people – in spite of the efforts to reform the Police & raise standards of policing are disheartening.
“A situation where the officers of the Police Force become a threat to the lives and property of the citizens they swore to protect is condemnable and unacceptable.
“I call on the Federal Government to immediately put a stop to these reprehensible activities and restructure the unit to better perform its lawful duties of safe guarding the lives and property of the Nigerian people,” he said.
The Omega Fire Ministry’s Senior Pastor, Apostle Suleman calls for SARS to be proscribed. Nothing that they are worst than criminals and are busy killing the young.
“SARS should be proscribed..they are a disgrace to the police force..they are worst than the ‘criminals’ they claim to be against..their trigger-happy nature have rendered mothers childless, sent youths on premature extinction.wasted destinies.they will reap what they sow.
“The old have failed in leadership..now the youths are been killed by SARS and their salaries are paid by these same failed old leaders..so indirectly, the old are killing the young.” he tweeted.
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