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#EndSARS: Dialogue Is The Answer, Not Protests – Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar

Abdulsalami AbubakarEx Military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar has come out to urge #EndSARS protesters to leave the streets.

He recently revealed that the protesters should prepare for dialogue and peace because that will aid political stability and development in the country.

According to him, leaving the streets would help the FG focus on meeting the demands of the youths and Nigerians.

He added that the consequences of the protests have cause major discomfort to the citizens and that cannot be allowed to continue.

His words, ”The hijacking of the protest by criminals had resulted into violence, destruction of government and private properties ,criminal release of prisoners and the lynching and burning of policemen and innocent persons in some parts of the country.

”The demonstration continued and consequences of which it began to cause serious discomfort to the citizens as it gave opportunities for criminal elements to penetrate to tamper with the peaceful coexistence of Nigerians.

”This forced the government to send security agencies to restore law and order which unfortunately further led to the loss of more innocent lives.

”I am therefore appealing and calling for a halt of the youth demonstration to give peace a chance for dialogue.”

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The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) is a Nigerian Police Force unit under the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department headed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police Anthony Ogbizi. Since 2012, SARS has come under controversy for being linked to acts of extortion, torture, framing and blackmail.

The Special Anti-Robbery Squad was founded in 1992 by former police commissioner Simeon Danladi Midenda. The major reason SARS was formed was when Col. Rindam, a Nigerian Army Colonel was killed by police officers at a checkpoint in Lagos.

SARS is one of the 14 units in the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department which was established to detain, investigate and prosecute people involved in crimes like armed robbery, kidnapping and other forms of crimes.

During its formation the Special Anti-Robbery Squad was known to operate covertly. SARS operatives were not allowed to wear police uniform, publicly carry guns or have walkie-talkies. They were given unmarked vehicles with sometimes no license plates or private plate numbers during duty.

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