- Obafemi Hamzat, the deputy governor of Lagos state has spoken about the issue of SARS brutality
- The deputy governor said he once experienced the excesses from SARS
- Hamzat advised people demonstrating against police brutality to be peaceable
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The deputy governor of Lagos state, Obafemi Hamzat has disclosed that some operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) once harassed him.
Hamzat made the disclosure on Friday, October 9, when he addressed protesters calling for the SARS unit to be disbanded.
According to The Cable, the governor told the protesters that SARS operatives harassed him in the Amuwo-Odofin area of the state four years ago
The governor said:
“Every decent Nigerian will be upset. This happened to me four years ago. I was going to Amuwo Odofin…they (SARS operatives) were not in uniform, they had guns, they just double crossed us and said we should get out”
Hamzat said the Lagos state government would engage with the federal government on how to address the excesses by SARS.
He however pleaded with the protesters to conduct themselves orderly, so that tier grievances can be attended to.
Meanwhile, the presidency said President Muhammadu Buhari has been briefed on the ongoing protest by the Nigerian youths against the brutality of the SARS operatives.
Bashir Ahmad, an aide to the president on new media, made this known on Friday, October 9, amid nationwide demonstration against the age-long police brutality.
He said Buhari was notified about the development by the inspector general of police Muhammed Adamu on Thursday, October 8.
In another report, Atiku Abubakar has lent his voice to the public campaign against the brutality of police officers belonging to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), with the former vice president sending a solidarity message to the Nigerian youths.
In a tweet on Friday, October 9, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain expressed sadness over what he termed as "disproportionate use of force on protesters across the nation."
The former vice president noted that protest is an essential part of democracy which should be seen as a means to channel dialogue among the aggrieved parties.
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