Rivers Youths Protest SARS Brutalities
Rivers youths on Thursday, July 26th took to the streets to protest alleged threats by operatives of the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to murder the Senior Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Social Media, Marshal Obuzor.
The SARs operatives had last Tuesday cornered Obuzor, manhandled him and used machetes and rods to inflict injuries on him.
To express their anger over the assault, the youths made up of professionals from across the state gathered at the Port Harcourt City Local Government Secretariat where they declared their displeasure with SARs brutality and unprovoked murders across the state.
They called for immediate investigations and prosecution of erring SARs operatives.
Adokiye Ogunobere, Rivers State Publicity Secretary, National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) who represented the state President of NYCN, Sara-Igbe Sukubo called on the Rivers State Police Command to stop the illegal activities of the operatives, noting that Rivers youths will no longer tolerate their acts of criminality.
He said: ““Many Rivers youths have been killed, maimed and dispossessed of the valued possessions by SARs operatives in the last six months.
Addressing the protest march, Obuzor said that all Rivers indigenes have been affected directly or indirectly by the illegal activities of SARs.
He said that the blatant nature of the SARs attack on him, showed that the police department has degenerated.
''In public view, they used machetes and rods to beat me and seized my phones. They repeatedly threatened to kill me. Even the government official who intervened was threatened with death.
“I was surprised that SARs has gotten to this stage where they don’t care that people are watching “, Obuzor said.
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The aggrieved youths later marched to State Police Command in the state capital where they submitted two petitions
Receiving the contingent, the Assistant Commissioner of Police Administration, APC Victor Erivwode, applauded the youths for their civility in coming to present their petitions to the command.
Erivwode condemned the harassment and molestation of Obuzor by men of the F-SARS, adding that the petition would be looked into immediately by the Commissioner of Police.
He pleaded with the leadership of the youths to partner with the police in information sharing.
He lamented that the state was plagued with cultism which gives birth to armed robbery, kidnapping and other social vices and that youths in the state need to desist from such.
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