There is no doubt that the Special anti robbery squad, SARS, whether the states’ units or those recently adorned as Federal special anti robbery squad, the FSARS, have been under severe criticisms lately. The sins of the police arm is not new, except the dimension of  public outburst and the open protest just now, of the likes of SegunAwosayan of ‘#End SARS’. For the outfit it is indeed not the very first in the history of the force. In its narrative the devilish acts said to have been perpetrated by this police unit is not different from what or some mayhem the Nigerian Police Force has been known for since time immemorial. Is it killings from stray bullets or outright murder over arguments or refusal of motorists’ especially commercial drivers to part with N20, N200, wherein they are shot by  overzealous and trigger -hungry cops. Interestingly the SARS has been a vital hit squad for very many purposes and intents depending on what the overlords decides of it on the spur of the moment or the duty assigned. Give it to this unconstitutional component of the Nigerian Police; it is a segment that has utility and significance, depending on what role or function it is allotted at the point of engagement or mission. Notwithstanding the negative perception or aura it now adorn, this  special unit has recorded several successes in the fight against armed robbery and in overall policing and fighting crime of any type and substance in the country. Needless we list the achievements, what may have gone wrong with today’s SARS may not be different from what obtains in the general arms of the entire police force, and sister security agencies in the country. Is it operating with carelessness, impunity, outright disregard for basic right of the Nigerian citizen and dignity for human life, which is not guilty: the DSS and the sting operation on the nation’s judges? The EFCC that does more of media trial, detain mostly opposition persons in underground cells. Obviously we are aware of these butchery and transgression of our security agencies, not SARS alone. But the question is what is the moral and constitutional burden on the authorities, the government, the overlords of SARS, who ought to protect the citizens even from the clutches of agencies, but culpable for inaction. If the IGP is not liable, how come the police in general have become the feared, the dreaded: If the top was not rotten how come officers and men still mount road blocks and collect monies from motorists.  Again if the condemnable acts such as public harassment, alleged extra judicial killings, wanton extortion have not been regularized as part of SARS mode of operation, why will the IGP suddenly ask for a reorganization of the place? We call for a lasting solution to this menace called SARS, like many Nigerians have raised their voices. The police top echelon must not use SARS to hunt perceived enemies, opposition as it is currently doing especially in Rivers, even though the type of police in any given country and situation is determinant by the type of society and systems operated in such places. But nonetheless we can unequivocally state as it were that the present Special Anti Robbery squads established to help reduce crimes have inadvertently turned themselves not only into criminals but politicians. However, while there is no smoke without fire, we are of the view that there are still some good officers among the bad ones. Going forward, those very ones should not be ignored but given due approval for discharging their duties as effectively. We also state without any fear of contradiction, that SARS is still needed, they must not be scrapped or disbanded, rather let them return to the highways and relevant beats with much decorum , finesse, good human relations to continue the fight against crime, armed robbery, etc.

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