There is an outrage ongoing on social media after Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), after cases of harassment and extortion by members of the squad went viral on Saturday.
Insidenaija gathered that, SARS operatives allegedly shot the young Nigerian in front of Wetland Hotel, Ughelli in Delta State and left the scene, with the development resurrecting the clamour by Nigerians for the department of the Nigeria Police to be shut.
Recall that, SARS Operatives last month allegedly chased some young boys, presumed to death in Osogbo the Osun statein capital, an attempt to arrest them.
Prominent Nigerians have reacted to the activities of SARS calling on the Federal Goverment to #ENDSARS in a series on Tweets on the micro-blogging site, Twitter, since Saturday.
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar wrote: “The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the @PoliceNG was set up to confront violent crimes such as armed robbery, kidnapping and other related crimes.
“However, the unit has today morphed into an oppressor of the Nigerian masses, who strive every day for a better life.
“Reports of intimidation, harassment and outright extortion by officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have continued unabated.
“I strongly condemn their cruel actions against our people, and I urge the government to rise to the occasion and nip this monstrosity in the bud with the seriousness it deserves.
“It is expedient that the activities of SARS are reviewed to ensure that the rogue elements are excised from the unit and sanity returned to its operations.”
Former Senate President Bukola Saraki wrote: ”The reports of the continued harassment, illegal arrest, detention and high handedness by rogue cells of SARS against innocent Nigerians – most of them young people – in spite of the efforts to reform the Police & raise standards of policing are disheartening.
A situation where the officers of the Police Force become a threat to the lives and property of the citizens they swore to protect is condemnable and unacceptable.
I call on the Federal Government to immediately put a stop to these reprehensible activities and restructure the unit to better perform its lawful duties of safe guarding the lives and property of the Nigerian people.”
Clergyman, Apostle Johnson Suleman, on his part, called for the outright proscription of SARS.
He wrote: ”SARS should be proscribed..they are a disgrace to the police force..they are worst than the ‘criminals’ they claim to be against..their trigger-happy nature have rendered mothers childless,sent youths on premature extinction.wasted destinies.they will reap what they sow”.
Davido @davido wrote: “#endsarsnow !!!! If we all come together as brothers and sisters and also as citizens of this country we can end this Nonsense!!.”
Peter Okoye Peter Okoye “Who did we offend? @MBuhari & @ProfOsinbajo How many more people do you want them to kill before you act as a commander in chief? #EndSARS”.