- The Nigerian youths under the aegis of AYCC have condemned the nationwide EndSARS protest
- In a statement, the group described the ongoing demonstration as a sham protest driven by anti-government people
- Supporting SARS, the group also described those calling for scrapping the controversial unit as biased and sectional people with an ulterior motive
Arewa Youth Consultative Council (AYCC), a group of youths in the northern region of Nigeria, has declared that it is going against the ongoing nationwide EndSARS campaign.
In a statement released and signed by its director of media and communication Muhammad Ibrahim, the group maintained that the nationwide demonstration is being peddled by "anti-government protests."
The group also described the protest as "political plays" which are not "objectively driven" by those it termed as "comrades who have been protesting for RevolutionNow."
While supporting the activities of the SARS, the group stressed that those campaigning against the controversial police operational unit are only "capitalising on the mistakes of some officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad."
Part of the statement read:
"The ENDSARS campaign basically capitalizing on the humane mistakes of some officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad; instead of weighing and appreciating the other positive sides of the unit especially as the only unit in the Nigerian Police Force, that's more exposed to dangerous encounters.
"How can a people demand that the Nigerian government to scrap and end the deployment of Special Anti-Robbery Squad when we are already battling with chronic kidnapping, robbery, banditry, rustling and genocide?
"If we end SARS then what are we getting better than SARS? If the existing force cannot be reformed, how sure are we that scrapping them will not create bigger threats to our collective survival?.
The group also described those "calling for scrapping SARS as biased, sectional and are only protesting in the interest of microscopic few at the detriment of the powerful majority."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that amid ongoing outrage against the activities of the Nigerian police officers who belong to SARS unit, Shehu Sani has warned against abuse of fundamental human rights.
The former lawmaker, in a tweet, said police — which is a state-funded agency — must stop the continuous trampling on the rights of Nigerians and "cruelly" breaching of laws.
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