Nigeria’s former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has accused the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) for abandoning its primary duty of confronting violent crimes and resorting to the oppression of Nigerians.
The 2019 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), also accused SARS of harassment and extortion of Nigerians in the process of discharging their duties.
Atiku, who said this through his verified twitter handle on Saturday, urged the government to immediately look into the activities of SARS.
He said, “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.”