A coalition of different social groups has stormed the outskirt of Ibadan to demand the outright reformation of the entire Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), unit across the country.
Speaking while presenting their letter of protest to the Commissioner of Police, the Chairman of APC in the state, Ikanya, said the party was concerned about calls by Governor Nyesom Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the scrapping of SARS.
The protesters claim that SARS contributes immensely to the security and peace in Anambra State and should not be scrapped and scrapping SARS is unthinkable and an invitation to anarchy and crimes in the state, which hitherto had been dealt with.
Hundreds of supporters of the APC in the morning had matched from Polo Club in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area with placards bearing, "We say No to End SARS, 'We need SARS to End Robbery, Killings in Rivers, 'End to SARS is to Increase Beheading" and others, to the State Police Headquarters in Port Harcourt City LGA, requesting the deployment of more SARS personnel to sustain the tamed killings in the state.
"Now the PDP knows that 2019 general elections are around the corner, they know that they can not win in Rivers State if it is free and fair, now they want the police to go, they want the security agencies to go, they want to invade the state again, they want to start to kill people again". In fact we lost over 30 persons in ONELGA in a single day; they were killed and beheaded, APC Ward Four chairman, his pregnant wife, their daughter and son were all killed and beheaded in their house in one day, and we know that the sponsors of the killers came from PDP and Governor Wike is aware of this.
In Port Harcourt, the protesters were divided along political parties line.
"We have a system where erring officers are disciplined, including redeployment, training and retraining to bring out the best from them", he said.
We demand outright scrapping of SARS | Protesters insist
He said, "SARS as a body have been doing a good job".
"Now, they know that the 2019 election is around the corner and they know they can not win Rivers State in a free and fair election, now, they want the Police to go; they want the security agencies to go". Did he call for the scrapping of SARS then?
He called on the Inspector-General of Police to remove SARS from the state, saying people were already fleeing the state on account of the activities of SARS operatives.
Another group, however, also marched in support of SARS. If we review their performance from January to date, we will see that more than 1,000 suspected armed robbers have been arrested.
NAN also reports that following the allegation, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, promised to restructure and reposition the unit for effective service delivery.
However, scores of youths in Kwara State on Monday protested against the alleged excesses and misconduct of members of SARS. They are here destroying the security and killing people.
Also, a retired Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, has advised the Federal Government against heeding calls by activists to scrap SARS. We are exhausted of losing our people to the illegal activities of SARS.
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