- Festus Keyamo said reports that a young man was shot dead by SARS operatives in Delta state is false
- Keyamo said the state police commissioner, in Ughelli, and the brother of the alleged victim confirmed that he is not dead
- In a series of tweets, the minister disclosed that SARS was not involved in the incident, but the Operation Delta Safe
Nigeria's minister of state, labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, on Sunday, October 4, cleared the air on the alleged killing of a young man by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Ughelli, Delta state.
According to the minister, the SARS unit of the Nigeria Police Force did not kill anybody.
In a series of tweets, the minister disclosed that the alleged victim is alive and currently receiving treatment.
He shared facts of what truly happened. One of which is that the outfit involved was Operation Delta Safe and not SARS as wildly reported.
Keyamo said the victim's brother, Ochuko, confirmed that he was not shot but fell out police vehicle when being taken to the station after he was arrested. He stated:
"The victim was not shot as confirmed by his brother, but fell out of the police vehicle when being taken to the station after arrest. The brother said he was pushed; the police said he jumped."
Keyamo pleaded with the youths in Ughelli not to resort to violence and/or destruction of lives and properties.
The minister who added that he is on top of things urged the authorities to still carry out an investigation on the conduct of the police in the matter.
There were reports over the weekend of SARS killing a young man in Ughelli, Delta state. A video that has gone viral showed there was confusion in front of Wetland Hotel in the Ughelli. According to the report, the officers left the young man for dead and escaped with his vehicle – a white Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle.
This sparked outrage on social media as many Nigerians renewed their calls for the federal government to scrap SARS.
Reacting to the outrage, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state assured Lagosians that appropriate actions will be taken soon.
Legit.ng also 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.
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