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.
After the hashtag, the Inspector-General of Police ordered immediate restructuring of the squad.
While thousands of the All Progressives Congress' supporters on Monday embarked on a pro-SARS rally to drive home their call on the Federal Government not to contemplate scrapping the unit of the Nigeria Police, their Peoples Democratic Party counterparts organised a counter rally, calling for the scrapping of SARS.
The group, under the aegis of concerned Anambra residents, drawn from various local government areas in the state, converged at the entrance gate of the SARS office, in Awkuzu, Oyi local government area of the state.
On the other side, the anti-SARS protesters were led by Mr.
The APC supporters, who marched from Polo Club, GRA, in Port Harcourt to the State Police Command on Moscow road, explained that rather than scrap SARS, more personnel of the anti-robbery unit should be posted to Rivers State.
Speaking during the APC rally, a former governorship candidate, Prince Tonye Princewill, said the State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, was calling for the scrapping of SARS and removal of the head of the anti-robbery unit in the state, Mr.
"In 2015, over 300 of our members were killed and beheaded". From 2015 till now, we have lost more than 400 of our members. At the same time, his son was killed, his daughter was killed Just in their house in one day. He (Wike) wants SARS out because they are not working for him.
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"SARS must be scrapped", "We don't want SARS", "Akin Fakorede Must Go", they chanted.
Princewill said: "Whether it is in America; whether it is in Germany, there are always bad eggs".
Presenting a press release after the walk, the Chairman of the PCRC in Ogun State, Alhaji Ibrahim Olaniyan, said the committee took an exception to the ongoing campaign calling for the scrapping of SARS. Does that make sense?
He enjoined Nigerians to continue to support the efforts being put in place by the inspector-general of police to restructure the unit. "But what we are saying is that SARS must stay".
But the Rivers State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Samuel Nwanosike, said SARS operatives were destroying the security architecture of the state by engaging in extrajudicial killings.
He noted that SARS has been on top of the security situation in the state and maintaining professionalism, adding that the outfit arrested 1000 criminal suspects within a year and are already prosecuting 500 cases in court. If you look at recoveries made by SARS, you will realise that they have recovered over 100 stolen vehicles.
But reacting to the protest, Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Emma Okah, said the protest by members of the APC in the state in favour of SARS was unfortunate and very sad commentary in the state.
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