Nigerians have been told by the Nigerian Police Force, to stop calling for the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) to be scrapped
The force stated that in 40 years of its formation, SARS had achieved landmark successes in arresting violent criminals and reducing the nations’ crime rate – The force urged Nigerians to report any erring officers instead; and gave out a number for citizens to lodge complaints The Nigerian Police Force has responded to recent calls by various citizens, to scrap the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS). In a series of tweets via its official Twitter handle, @PoliceNG, the force pointed out that SARS was saddled with the responsibility of tackling robberies and other criminal activities in the country.
notes that the force highlighted the fact that SARS has recorded tremendous success since its formation 40 years ago, and called on Nigerians to report any misbehaving officials instead of calling for the squad to be scrapped. The police said anyone with any complaints about the actions or inactions of SARS should report to various platforms provided by the police force to deal with unprofessional conduct of its officers. Members of the public can call 08057000001 for complaints.
The police said that it saw no reason to disband the unit because it was doing quite well in its given duties across the nation. Police spokesman Jimoh Moshood said SARS has been doing well and moves to have the unit scrapped should be seriously condemned. Meanwhile, former vice president Abubakar Atiku has called for investigations into allegations of harassment leveled against SARS. In a statement issued in series of tweets on his verified Twitter handle on Sunday, December 3, Atiku, a former Nigeria Customs Service top chief, noted that the allegations must be taken seriously by the police and the National Assembly.