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Posting to SARS is juicy appointment, we pay N300k to influence it - Police officer

Posting to SARS is juicy appointment, we pay N300k to influence it - Police officer

A police officer has reportedly confessed that they pay senior officers in order to be posted into the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

There has been an outcry on social media by Nigerians calling for an end to the operation of SARS.

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Many of the complainants accused the anti-robbery squad of gross violation of rights of citizens and extortion.

In a tweet by Amnesty International, the rights body said a police officer confirmed that being deployed to SARS unit was considered a juicy proposition because of its financial benefit.

"A mid-level police officer in Lagos told Amnesty International that being posted to SARS is often regarded as a “juicy” posting. He said that officers sometimes pay superior officers responsible for transfers as much as N300,000 to influence their posting to SARS."

Some Nigerians who also responded to the tweet recounted similar experiences.

Read some reactions below:

Meanwhile, a staff at BudgIT, Moses Motoni, who was arrested by policemen suspected to be Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives, has recounted his ordeal in the hands of the police, The Cable reports. gathered that Motoni, a project tracking officer at BudgIT technology organisation, was arrested on Tuesday, December 5, by suspected SARS operatives.

Motoni's arrest had triggered criticism in the media; and he was subsequently released on bail less than 24 hours later.

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