SARS: PDP Demands Complete Overhaul, Restructuring Of Police
…Berates APC For Attempting To Trivialize SARS Excesses
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) welcomes the dissolution of the
Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the police but charges
President Muhammadu Buhari to also take immediate steps to completely
overhaul and restructure the entire police architecture to engender
professionalism, adherence to rule of law and respect for the
fundamental rights of Nigerians.
Our party also demands that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed
Adamu, should go beyond dissolution and reassignment of SARS officers by
commencing the profiling, arrest and prosecution of the members of the
disbanded outfit and other errant police operatives involved in the
reported series of extra-judicial killings, unlawful arrests and
detention, extortion, harassment and dehumanization of innocent
Nigerians, particularly in the last five years.
Without mincing words, the PDP insists that no indicted officer should
be reassigned and allowed to go unpunished after such heinous crime
against the Nigerian people.
Those who killed, maimed, dehumanized and foisted a reign of terror on
innocent Nigerians must be made to answer for their devilish actions.
Anything short of this will amount to granting official cover to
felonious elements and a tacit encouragement of further perpetuation of
such crimes against Nigerians.
Furthermore, our party and indeed well-meaning Nigerians across board
are miffed by moves by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress
(APC) to use a certain impostor as spokesperson in the social media to
attempt to trivialize, politicize and detract from the essence of the
public protest against the excesses of the disbanded police outfit.
Nigerians were shocked when a particular agent of the APC, in a tweet on
Sunday, made false and diversionary allusions to the creation of SARS in
a bid to divert attention apparently because of APC’s complicity in the
atrocities being protested against by Nigerians.
The APC is apparently jittery because, whereas SARS was created in 1992,
far before the coming to power of the PDP, it had turned monstrous
within five years of the command of APC administration, under which our
nation has witnessed horrific cases of arbitrary and extra-judicial
killings, illegal arrests, arbitrary detention, torture and reported
disappearances as also detailed in the reports by the United States
Department of State, Amnesty International (AI) and Transparency
The police system became monstrous when the APC administration started
using operatives to hound and clamp down on opposition members and
dissenting voices; violently attacking protesters as well as
perpetrating violence to rig elections, during which they were deployed
to shoot and kill innocent Nigerians and walk away with their crimes.
Nigerians can recall how, the Buhari Presidency, during the build up of
the 2019 general elections, ordered the extra-judicial shooting of
suspected electoral offenders, an order that was widely condemned by our
party and other well-meaning Nigerians.
The APC should therefore hide its face in shame for breeding such
monstrous situation instead of using an impostor to go on the social
media to shamelessly attempt to politicize the demand by Nigerians to
clean up the system.
The PDP commiserates with the families of the victims of these
unprofessional elements who have brought pain and anguish to our
However, our party, in the same vein, condoles with families of some
policemen who lost their lives in the heat of this unfortunate
The PDP is mindful of the fact that our police also have professional
officers and men whose patriotic effort is being detracted from by the
activities of the bad eggs in the force.
Our party, therefore, urges President Buhari to listen to the mood of
the moment and save the nation by restructuring the operation of the
police to ensure professionalism and strict adherence to statutory rules
of engagement by our security forces.
National Publicity Secretary