- A man in Akwa Ibom state says policemen mocked him after he told them his car had been snatched by robbers
- The man narrated his experience while giving a testimony inside a pentecostal church in the state capital, Uyo
- The policemen reportedly drove away after they referred to the fact that Nigerians wanted the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the police disbanded
A man whose car was snatched by armed robbers said some police officers whom he sought help from mockingly told him that Nigerians wanted an end to Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), suggesting that citizens have to bear the consequences of calling for the disbandment of the police unit.
SARS, a disbanded Nigeria Police Force (NPF) unit were notorious for human rights abuses sparking outrage and street processions across the country before they were disbanded by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
After the disbandment, some Nigerians on social media have decried the high level of insecurity since then.
Others say operatives of the disbanded SARS may be behind the situation to create the impression that insecurity will increase with their absence.
Premium Times reports that the man, Cardinal Usanga, revealed his ordeal while giving testimony in a pentecostal church in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital.
He said his car, a Toyota Camry, was recovered the same day after the robbers abandoned it somewhere in the city.
“The armed robbers threatened to shoot me, they threw me out of my car. Immediately they left with my car, I flagged down a police vehicle, told them what happened, and begged them to help me get my car back. The policemen said to me, ‘It’s EndSARS’. They laughed and drove away.”
Meanwhile, due to the rising cases of criminality in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state command of the NPF recently cracked down on criminal gangs within Uyo metropolis.
After the raid, over 40 suspected armed robbers and cultists were within Uyo Metropolis alone.
The raid was carried out after Governor Udom Emmanuel rejigged the security apparatus of the state to tackle growing violent crimes and insecurity as Yuletide approaches.
The governor had on Thursday, December 10 donated 30 patrol trucks to security agencies in the state and reactivated the popular Joint Security Task Force as a rapid response to quell the crime wave which was threatening the peace and tranquility of Akwa Ibom.
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