Scraping SARS Would Be Difficult, They are Involved In War Against Boko Haram – Police
The Nigerian Police has said that it would be very difficult for any responsible organization to scrap the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS out of service.
The Nigerian Police made this known through its spokesman, Frank Mba on ChannelsTV while reacting to the nationwide protest on Thursday asking for the total extradition of the security outfit.
Mr. Mba while speaking with ChannelsTv, said that some SARS operatives are actively involved in the fight against insurgency and banditry in the north, particularly the Bokoharam tormented areas and scraping them will be so difficult for the Nigerian Police at this critical time.
Speaking further, the police spokesman faulted the #EndSARS campaign adding that some of its major protesters are beneficiaries of crime or crime suspects.
“Some of them probably people who are receiving stolen goods; who are into organised crime such as arms smuggling, illicit arms movement, importation of drugs and other kinds of crimes that are economically motivated.”
He also noted that issues of banditry, robbery and insurgents would be at the rise should the police security outfit be banned, adding that the Nigerian police force is ready to reform the security faction but not totally scraping it.
“If the #EndSARS hashtag is seen as a symbolic call for the reform of SARS, I would say clearly that the leadership of the NPF is in line and ready to work with those making that call,” he said.
“However, if the hashtag should be seen as a call for the total disbandment of SARS, I would tell you very clearly that it will be difficult for any responsible organisation to work that path, taking into cognisance the amount of investment in training that government has made in setting up that department and the very critical roles it is playing.
“As a matter of fact, we have received a lot of calls from people particularly in states like Maiduguri, Yobe, and some other parts of the north where SARS operatives are deeply embedded in the fight against banditry, insurgency.
“And these people have made it very clear that ending SARS is not even an option for them because of the critical roles SARS operatives are playing in those areas, heavily on bandits, terrorists and other kinds of criminals.”