By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA – A coalition of Civil Societies, comprising, National Association of Nigerian Students and Community for defence of Human Rights as well as Police Community Relations Committee, Vigilante Service of Ogun State among others, have denounced the ongoing scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, otherwise known as EndSARS campaign on social media.
The Coalition groups and other stakeholders who held a rally in some parts of Abeokuta, the state capital, cautioned those who called for the scrapping of SARS, saying, the squad needed to ne restructured and not outright scrapping.
Addressing newsmen after the rally both NANS and CDHR unanimously agreed that there were bad eggs in the Federal Special Anti-Robbery squad who they said perpetuate injustice, but argued that the squad needed reformation, and not total scrapping.
The National Secretary, CDHR, Comrade Yinka Folarin credited the FSARS in Ogun state for the peace and serenity enjoyed in the state, saying the squad “is a good example of what a police formation should be.”
“What we are saying is that there should be holistic reorganization and restructuring which is not by ranking.
“The SARS in Ogun state have subjected themselves to sleepless night to make sure that our eyes are open.”
The PCRC state Chairman, Ibrahim Olaniyan also took an exception to the EndSARS campaign.
Olaniyan hailed the state commissioner of Police, Ahmed Ilyasu and DSP Uba Adams of FSARS for their cooperation in Combating crimes in the
He referred to FSARS as a “specialized crime fighting organ of the Nigerian Police,” which according to him must not be scrapped.
He said “the giant strides recorded in crime busting and fighting lead to Ogun state having the lowest crime rate is as a result of the synergy between the state government, the Police force and the community”.
The NANS National Public Relations Officer, Okereafor Opeyemi on his part urged the Inspector General of Police to reorganise the squad and weed the bad eggs therein.
Opeyemi said bad eggs are not peculiar to FSARS and NPF, but spread across other professions. Hence, SARS deserved no Crucifixion.
His words, “we are aware of the injustices perpetuated by some bad eggs in FSARS. All profession have bad eggs.
“We are calling on the IGP to restructure the SARS and fish out the bad eggs.”