Amnesty International has joined Nigerians whose voices rose to a crescendo on Saturday to call for the end of Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) whose operations in the country have come under heavy scrutiny.
Amnesty International believe that the audacity SARS has in allegedly torturing and extorting is necessitated by an atmosphere of impunity which the government has failed to stop.
“Failure to end impunity is creating an environment where SARS believe they have carte blanche to carry out acts of torture. This is hardly surprising when many of these officers have bribed their way to SARS in the first place. #EndSARSBrutality Enough is enough,” it said.
Amnesty International went further to lament that a police unit that was former to protect citizens has turned against the people.
The tweet reads: “#SARS – a police unit created to protect #Nigerians🇳🇬 has instead become a danger to society, torturing its victims with complete impunity while fomenting a toxic climate of fear and corruption. #EndSARS #EndPoliceBrutality.”
In a similar reaction, Bankole Wellington, also known as BankyW, in his reaction to avalanche of videos of alleged SARS brutality that are going viral on Sunday morning, expressed his displeasure of SARS operations asking how many young people that will die in their (SARS) before government takes action.
“How many young Nigerians will have to be robbed/ kidnapped/killed by SARS before our Government takes it seriously? The “Special Anti-Robbery Squad” is doing the robbing?! Such a disgrace. What will it take for our “leaders” to do something about it? #EndSARS #EndSarsNow,” he tweeted.
In the same vein, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in his statement called for a police reform that will expunge the Force of rogue elements in the unit.
“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,” he said.