Following an outcry from Nigerian citizens to end the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) due to several allegations of extortion, torture and harassment, the Nigerian Police Force has said there is no truth to the allegations.
Over the weekend, many Nigerians took to their social media pages to share unbelievable experiences they have had with SARS mistaking them for robbers, prostitutes and internet fraud peddlers.
Responding to the allegations, JimohMoshood, police spokesperson has said SARS is blameless and anyone calling for the end of the special unit is likely an armed robber with “something to hide”.
“As we speak, SARS is doing fantastically well across the country in reducing incidents of robbery to the barest minimum… they are doing very, very well,” Moshood said.
“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.
“The call for SARS to be scrapped should be condemned by all well-meaning Nigerians. Anybody calling for their proscription is not doing the nation any
“Accessibility (to the police in cases of complaints) is very possible, he said, adding: “We do not take any infraction or violation of human right of any Nigerian likely. You know that so many police officers have been dismissed and even charged to court.
“So, Nigerians should not give in to insinuations from people that just come to the social media and start spreading falsehood. Such people spreading such information may likely be armed robbers themselves.
“There is laid down rules for police procedures and any police officer that go beyond boundary to do something outrageous which is against the law is apprehended.”