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Nigeria Needs A Trusted Police Force That Respects The Citizens – Orji Kalu

Orji Kalu

Orji Kalu

Chief Whip of the Senate and ex-Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Kalu has come out to say that Nigeria does not need an outfit like Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS.

He recently hailed the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, for respecting the wishes of Nigerians after the #EndSARS protests.

According to Orji Kalu, the IGP’s action has proven his concern for Nigerians, especially the youths who have been accused, oppressed and brutalized by some reckless members of the SARS.

He added that Nigeria only needs a trusted police force which is guided by the respect and protection of the rights of Nigerian citizens.

His words, ”Police must ensure that their actions are in accordance with the fundamental principles for the development of a just society. When people live in fear, they will be skeptical of what’s coming next in their lives and that is not right. Some of the SARS act with impunity. Many Nigerians have complained about how tensed they feel in check points even when they have their required papers ”

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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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