- A former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar has reacted to the illegal activities of some SARS officers
- Abubakar called on the federal government to restore sanity into the police unit
- The ex-president said SARS has become the oppressor of the Nigerian people
A former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar has called on the federal government to purge the rogue elements from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Atiku in a tweet on Saturday, October 3, raised concerns about the reports of intimidation, harassment, and extortion by SARS officers.
He said the police unit which was created to confront violent crimes has now become the oppressor of Nigerians striving for a better life.
The politician, who condemned the actions of SARS, noted that it was important for the government to take serious actions aimed at stopping the illegal activities of SARS.
He said there was a need to return sanity into the operations of the police unit.
Meanwhile, a report by Amnesty International has revealed that Nigerian authorities have failed to prosecute a single officer from the notorious SARS in three years.
This is despite numerous cases of rights violations reportedly perpetrated by the notoriously lawless police unit.
The report revealed that torture and ill-treatment remain routine practice used by SARS operations to execute, punish and extract information from suspects, under the supervision of senior police officers.
In another news, the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Nigerian Police Force has trained officers on how to de-escalate the crisis in order to prevent the error that led to the death of Geoge Floyd, a black American,
The training of police personnel which had in attendance SARS officers was conducted in Lagos on Thursday, June 4.
The lecture tagged Proportionality and De-escalation of Crisis was organised to train officers on the PLAN (Proportionality, Legality, Accountability and Necessity.
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