The Alliance for Survival of COVID-19 and Beyond (ASCAB) issued a statement on Tuesday which was signed by its Chairman, Mr Femi Falana, SAN. They lamented about the brutality of the Police Force especially the FSARS. However, they referred to the recent ban of SARS by the government as “nothing but a policy somersault”.
“The police high command has banned SARS several times. It has become a ritual. But SARS continues to operate under different names or structure. What we see is like removing sour wine and putting it in the same old, rusty bottles. Nothing remarkable has changed in the police command structure that aids all forms of repression and extra-judicial killings,” ASCAB said.
“Following public outcry in 2018 against indiscriminate arrests and detention, extortion and extrajudicial killings, as well as other horrendous human rights abuse perpetrated by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, the Federal Government, responded by setting up the Presidential panel of inquiry to investigate all complaints of human rights abuse.”
Therefore, he said, “To declare a ban on SARS again is nothing but policy somersault. It does not show effective leadership neither does it portray the police authority as consistent”.