#EndSARS: Why Atiku, Nigerians Seek SARS Proscription
Trends don’t really last for long on Twitter, but one - #EndSARS - has stayed for days.
It is born out of the pain that Nigerians now feel, after series of revelations against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force.
Security is one thing that all Nigerians want the government to assure them, but when an agency that is supposed to provide security is labeled brutal, then there is cause for convcern.
SARS is supposed to check criminal activities in states, but Nigerians now want this special force to the quashed, withdrawn or proscribed.
On Sunday, a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, joined the #EndSARS call.
“The arbitrary harassment of young Nigerians by Police (who should be protecting them) has no place in a democratic society. The #EndSARS protest shows Nigerian youth are upset and the matter needs urgent attention,” Atiku wrote on Twitter.
Few weeks back, Osita Nwoye while driving along the Customs office in Ikeja about 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15 encountered this mufti-wearing SARS officials and his experience was horrible.
“There was a hold up and someone knocked on the passenger's window. I looked up and saw someone in black and I asked, ‘what is it’?
“Next thing, someone else appeared in front of my car and another by my window. They both instructed me to park. Both instructed me to ‘come down’ pointing their weapons,” he shared on Facebook.
It was a situation that could make a man pee in his panties and many other Nigerians have shared brutal images and videos of the activities of this brutal Anti-Robbery Squad.
Videos and images of claims of abuse and harassment have continued to emerge on Twitter.
— GIDITRAFFIC (@Gidi_Traffic) December 4, 2017
— Yomi Shogunle Block industry #EndSars (@ogbeni_opa) December 3, 2017
While Nigerians cry out, pushing #EndSARS as far as they could, the Nigerian Police Force has defended its own, saying SARS has lived up to its duty of curbing violent crimes. It dismissed calls for its proscription.
The Cable quoted police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, as saying that "SARS is doing fantastically well across the country in reducing incidents of robbery to the barest minimum… they are doing very, very well.
"There has not been any specific violation of human rights against any SARS personnel. So anybody that is spreading such a rumour is not doing the nation any good.
"SARS has no excesses and when there is any, we do investigate".
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