Following the recent outcry against the men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad on Twitter recently, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Police Force, Jimoh Moshood has said the people calling for the exit of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are armed robbers.
Various allegations and hideous stories of death and toture have been levelled against the SARS and on Saturday, a hastag –EndSars was created by Nigerians to channel their complaints to the Authorities.
Since then, over 100,000 tweets against EndSARS have been put out
SARS have Killed, Molested & still harrassing Youths. Killed people’s only Child imagine the Pain, but your MCM said #EndSARS is made of FABRICATED stories. Shading people who are Narrating painful ordeals. Shameful!!!!
— KinG NomSo👑 (@ani_nomso) December 4, 2017
Over 100,000 tweets from concerned Nigerians. The people don’t feel protected. If we cannot FixSARS then #EndSARS.
— ITS DONJAZZY AGAIN😉 (@DONJAZZY) December 4, 2017
Never gave my dad a proper burial because he was shot and killed by SARS and we didn’t get to see his body..let me just stop here #EndSARS
— EAO (@Eseoghene_andre) December 3, 2017
Can never forget November 2005, driving in Abuja with @sommbonu and @IAMOfem. Stopped by a plain clothes officer with a gun, chased and actually being shot at for being “suspected armed robbers”. Ofem still has the bullet scars on his shoulder.#EndSARS
— Ebuka Obi-Uchendu (@Ebuka) December 4, 2017
But The Nigeria Police, in defence of SARS dismissed the allegations claiming that their men are doing very well.
Police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, noted that SARS has lived up to its duty of curbing violent crimes and so, calls for its proscription should be “totally condemned”.
“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 told The Cable.
“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 good and such people should be suspected as having something to hide.”
Moshood urged Nigerians with complaints against any police officer – “whether SARS or any other personnel” – to channel their complaints through established channels.
“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.”
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