- A coalition of over 80 organisations under the auspice of ASCB has tackled the police over the recent ban on the SARS operatives
- In a statement by one of its leaders Femi Falana, the group said the ban is bereft of sincerity
- The human right lawyer noted that the October 4 proclamation by IGP Mohammed Adamu would be the fourth time SARS has been banned
The Alliance on Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond (ASCB), a coalition led by senior human rights lawyer Femi Falana, has questioned the sincerity of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) on the reformation of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
In a statement released on Tuesday, October 6, Falana noted that the proclamation by the inspector general of police, Mohammed Adamu, is just lip service because such has been made on three different occasions by the force.
It would be recalled that social media was agog on Sunday, October 4, as Nigerians vented their displeasure against the incessant killing, extortion and brutality of the Nigerian police officers who belong to the SARS unit.
Nigerians also knocked the federal government's treatment of SARS menace with soft gloves and demanded a total end to the unit which has been widely regarded as a threat to youths development in the country.
The threats of protests by Nigerian celebrities forced the IGP to ban SARS officials from carrying out ‘stop and search’ operations on the roads.
Falana said Adamu's proclamation has a mischievous mien as the collective intelligence of Nigerians are being toyed with, with the recurring ban on the controversial unit.
In his words:
“The police high command has banned SARS several times. It has become a ritual. But SARS continues to operative under different names or structure.
"What we see is like removing sour wine and putting it in the same old, rusty bottles. Nothing remarkable has changed in the police command structure that aids all forms of repression and extra-judicial killings."
Meanwhile, popular Nigerian pop star Ayo Balogun known as Wizkid has come under fire following his utterly snide remark on the #EndSars campaign where he attacked President Muhammadu Buhari.
Displeased by Wizkid's "sour taste" remark, an aide to the president on social media, Lauretta Onochie, replied the artist and described him as a dumb kid.
Onochie, who noted that Wizkid calling Buhari an old man is not the problem, argued that the way and manner in which the singer addressed the president was completely disparaging.
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