- The cries of Lagosians over harassment by SARS operatives have been heard by the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu
- Sanwo-Olu assured the people of the state he will take action immediately
- There has been a general outcry over the harassment of youths by SARS operatives across the country
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state has finally broken his silence on calls by Nigerians for the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigeria Police Force to be scrapped.
The governor assured Lagosians that appropriate actions will be taken soon.
Nigerians have been calling for an end to SARS for months, citing harassment and extrajudicial killings of youths as reasons. The call was renewed on Saturday, October 3, after SARS operatives were accused of shooting dead a young man in front of Wetland Hotel in the Ughelli area of Delta state.
A video that went viral showed confusion around the area where the officers allegedly killed the victim and reportedly escaped with his vehicle – a white Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle.
Several videos have also popped up on social media, showing illegal activities by the operatives in Lagos.
In his reaction, Sanwo-Olu said the safety of Lagos residents is his priority. His message on Twitter reads:
"The safety of our residents is my number one duty as the CSO of Lagos. So, reading reports of seemingly unlawful exploitation by the people charged to protect is very worrying & needs to be addressed immediately. Be assured that appropriate actions will be taken, & speedily too."
Other prominent voices have also spoken out against the recurring SARS brutality.
Legit.ng reported that former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, called 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.
Also lending his voice to criticisms against SARS, Apostle Suleman described the outfit as a disgrace, as he called for its proscription.
Amnesty International Nigeria also reacted, saying torture seems like a lucrative business in Nigeria.
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