Since the recent brutality by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), people have taken on the challenge of #EndSARS. In fact, a protest against this police special taskforce started yesterday in Lagos, Kano and Abuja. Nonetheless, a former Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro said we “cannot throw away the baby with the bathwater”.
“Members of the SARS are doing things that are different from their training,” Okiro said.
“The police management should go to the drawing board and retrain personnel of the SARS as it will be counter-productive to disband them.
The former IGP advised that the unit be reformed and refocused.
“You cannot throw away the baby with the bathwater, if they have deviated from what they were established for they should be retrained and refocused,” said.
“Armed robbers will be happy that there is no more SARS in the country but are Nigerians ready for that?” he asked.
Recall that a Nigerian singer, Naira Marley who had already planned a protest for #EndSARS later cancelled it. This came a few hours to the start of it. However, he had a live interview on Instagram with the Nigerian Police. There he stated why SARS should be reformed and not to be scrapped.
Marley said, “We need to reform SARS. Let’s be reasonable, are you an armed robber? Why will you say they should end SARS. If you end SARS, it means they should end EFCC and other agencies. All we have to do is get them off the road.