- The Nigeria Police Force’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad is facing heat from Nigerians who are not happy with its activities
- There are several videos online of SARS operatives harassing and torturing Nigerian youth
- The most recent which sparked a new wave of condemnation claimed that SARS shot dead a young man in Delta state and made away with his car
Nigerians have once again descended massively on the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force after some operatives were accused of shooting dead a young man in front of a hotel in the Ughelli area of Delta state.
On the evening of Saturday, October 3, a video surfaced online showing some young men chasing a police van and white Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle. According to the men in the video, the officers shot an unnamed young man and escaped with his SUV.
A Twitter user identified as Ichie Teejay wrote:
“SARS just shot a young boy dead at Ughelli, Delta State, as we speak in front of Wetland hotels. They left him for dead on the roadside and drove away with the deceased Lexus jeep.”
This news renewed the attacks on SARS which has been accused of extrajudicial killings of Nigerian youth severally.
Nigerians are calling for an end to SARS with various hashtags on Twitter, such as #sarsbrutality and #EndSARS.
Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, joined other nationals to condemn the recurring SARS brutality. Calling for a reform of the outfit, he said it was important for the government to take serious actions aimed at stopping the illegal activities of SARS.
Other prominent Nigerians such as former Senate president, Bukola Saraki, minister of youths and sports development, Sunday Dare, and popular cleric, Apostle Sule also spoke against the activities of SARS.
Saraki urged the federal government to immediately put a stop to the reprehensible activities SARS and restructure it to better carry out its lawful duties of safeguarding the lives and property of the Nigerian people.
Apostle Suleman described the outfit as a disgrace, as he called for its proscription.
He wrote on Twitter:
"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."
Amnesty International Nigeria is of the opinion that torture seems like a lucrative business in Nigeria.
Bulama Bukarti wrote:
"No doubt, SARS officers have turned themselves into state-sponsored terrorists and robbers. They frame, arrest, extort and kill Nigerians at will. Evidence after evidence has been made public with names of culprits, but the FG has chosen to turn a blind eye. We must #EndSarsNow."
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Some months back, a video went viral on social media in which a soldier could be seen threatening operatives of SARS who killed Yahoo boys in Lagos.
In the video that was shared on Instagram by @mediagist, the officer could be seen expressing his displeasure in the killing of internet fraudsters by SARS operatives.
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