Senate To Investigate Rights Abuses By SARS

Alicia Farmer
December 7, 2017

A few days after the #EndSARS campaign began on social media, a campaign to scrap the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police Force, this beleaguered government body has angered Nigerian youths again even while the spotlight is still on them.

"NANS is calling on the Police commission and Federal government to ensure prompt payment of salaries in order to get rid of the menace", it said.

The senator representing Bauchi central, says he has also received petitions against SARS from people of his constituent. "For a lot of people pushing their remarks on social media, majority are not correct".

"Today, they are being controlled in the operation, the control is from the force headquarters which is not supposed to be, it supposed to be headed by a commissioner of police in the force CID".

SARS is not a killing machine as it was created to deal with cases of robbery and any other case the offender carries firearm.

Many Nigerians responded with their own accounts of their ordeals at the hands of officers from the Anti-Robbery Squad SARS, using the hash tag #ENDSARS.

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He however called on all progressive minded citizen and civil society organization to pressurize the present administration to either sack all security chiefs or give them ultimatum on when to bring security challenges to a logical conclusion.

"Senate ought to prevent and investigate corruption or misconduct by law enforcement officers and provide accountability for the exercise of their powers".

He called on the Senate to make a drastic decision to end SARS' lawlessness to make way for a more civilized unit that would be built around the rule of law and human rights observance.

In his remarks, Saraki said it was appropriate for the matter to be sent to the committee for consideration.

"The Inspector General himself is reviewing the structure and I think it is clear that there is something wrong going on that needs urgent attention". It is happening in all our constituencies.

But a massive Twitter campaign with thousands of reports of harassment and brutality from men of this special force begs Moshood's allegations.

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