The Nigeria Police Force has reacted to widespread complaints about abuses by officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) as the hashtag #EndSARS trends on social media.
This is coming after thousands of Nigerians have taken to social media to share their tales of woe and unsavoury experiences with SARS officers, with some calling the police department “a cluster of criminals in uniform.”
Allegations of extra-judicial killings, torture, wanton arrests for bribes and other menacing conducts flooded social media since Saturday, with citizens taking their rage to the Internet and demanding action.
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Reacting to this, the Nigeria Police Force Assistant PRO Annex, Aliyu Giwa, wrote on Twitter:
Fam, I know it so disheartening seeing some officers acting uncivilized and unruly. I sympathize with Nigerians who must have found themselves in such situations and believe me the authority is not happy about it! Trust me the authority have taken actions on this issue.
— Aliyu Giwa (@aleeygiwa) 3 December 2017
“Fam I know it so disheartening seeing some officers acting uncivilised and unruly. I sympathise with Nigerians who must have found themselves in such situations and believe me the authority is not happy about it! “Trust me the authority have (sic) taken actions on this issue.”
Also, the PCRRU, on Saturday, December 2, using the official Twitter handle, asked Nigerians to feels free to voice there complains about the operations of SARS.
Do you have any complaints about your contact with SARS?
You don’t need to know their names, all we need you to provide are details of the occurrence (action/act) with DATE, TIME & PLACE.
Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) #BailisFree #NoToImpunity.
Please share this message. pic.twitter.com/VDmpTc1kfV
— POLICE COMPLAINT (@PoliceNG_PCRRU) 2 December 2017
“Do you have any complaints about your contact with SARS? You don’t need to know their names, all we need you to provide are details of the occurrence (action/act) with DATE, TIME & PLACE. Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) #BailisFree #NoToImpunity. Please share this message.” the tweet read.
The channels listed on the poster are, 08057000001 and 08057000001 for calls; 08057000003 for SMS and WhatsApp messages; 2BA2B5DE for BlackBerry messages with the assurance that all complains will be treated swiftly.
Meanwhile, scores of Nigerians have narrated their ordeals after encountering SARS personnel in different parts of the country.
Hear what Nigerians are saying below:
They checked one of my friends phone and saw this picture, they immediately accused him of being in a Cult. He had to beg for himself and his Future self
— Broda Mick (@Skinez6) 3 December 2017
Your civil rights disappear the moment SARS holds you fam. I am not even a yahoo boy, but I kept begging them when they held me at Ikeja. I was running late for a business pitch, and my offense was ‘dressing too fine not be into fraud’. Sigh
— Cross˚ (@Elcrucifixio) 2 December 2017
It’s really getting out of hands.. This one happened after they shot a guy in the arm on Thursday pic.twitter.com/z3wsKEn6Jv
— Quam Blazey (@Blazey_Oye) 2 December 2017
Sars stopped us on our way to ilorin. Pulled out my bras and pants and asked why I had g-string if I wasn’t an ashewo. Hit my friend in the head 6 times with their guns. They took us to the ATM with my friend’s bloody head to collect 40k and never returned our phones.#endsars
— #ENDSARSBRUTALITY (@olaeloquence) 3 December 2017
My uncle got killed by SARS a couple of weeks back and my Grandma died as a result of the news and we still don’t know his offence.#EndSARS
— D.AW.G (@daddyawongirls) 3 December 2017
I have had my own share of the SARS menace. It is high time this harassment stopped. Our voices must be heard. #EndSARS
— MrMeYagi (@lilkeshofficial) 3 December 2017
SARS Officer that arrested a guy at ikeja under bridge for keeping dreads, dyed his own beards brown ????
— JUDE GBENGA SKONES™ (@perfectskones) 2 December 2017
The Uniport student who died last year at the Uniport school fees protest was killed by SARS. No one has talked about it. We fear SARS more than we fear Robbers. God help us all.#EndSARS
— Justin Ifeanyi |?? (@Eastcoastprince) 3 December 2017
They dragged me into their vehicle. Went through my phone, checked my body for tattoos and delayed my exam by over an hour… #EndSARS
— Valar Dohaeris??? (@EyihBannner) 3 December 2017
Using the hashtag #EndSARS, Nigerians have been calling on the federal government to scrap the police unit.
A petition on scrapping SARS has been addressed to the national assembly.
It is understood that the petition has been signed by 10,195 people at the time of this report.