The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has been in the news for some time now for gross human rights abuse. Many Nigerians now see them as a squad to be feared rather than one with the responsibility of protecting the people.
There have also been reports of gross extra-judicial killings, the recent being the shooting of Kolade Johnson, a father of one, by the squad.
Legit.ng carried out polls on both facebook and twitter to weigh the reactions of Nigerians on the activities of SARS and the NPF generally, asking if the rate of police brutality will reduce with the scrapping of the squad or a total reform of the police force.
On facebook, out of 2,000 respondents to the poll, 46% believed that SARS should be totally scrapped to deal with police brutality in the country once and for all.
On the other hand, 54% said reforming the police will put a definite end to the issue of human right abuse by the force.
There was a greater number of respondents on twitter who believed a reform will do to fix the problem as 63% agreed to a total overhaul of the force.
Thirty-seven percent on the platform said the anti-robbery squad should be scrapped as a solution to police abuse.
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Recall that Legit.ng earlier reported that the governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, in the evening of Monday, April 1, joined other Nigerians, especially the youths of the country in calling for special attention to the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
In his reaction, the governor said: "I join Nigerians, especially the youth population to call on the federal government to look into the menace that the #SARS has turned themselves into, we need to put a stop to these senseless killings #EndSARS."
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