The Lagos state police has released a statement reacting to recent reports of Special Anti Robbery Squad SARS officials’ unprofessional conduct in the state.
The demand for an end to SARS dominated Twitter activities by Nigerians, during which citizens used #EndSARS to list allegations of extra-judicial killings, wanton arrests and dispossession of properties through physical assault and other intimidation tactics.
A look at the hashtag #EndSARS, which has been trending at number one since Saturday, showed thousands of complaints by citizens who said they had been victims of SARS officers.
Those who have not personally encountered SARS told tales of how their friends and loved ones had suffered at one point.
The Commissioner of police additionally urged the public to take advantage of these complaint channels as issues detailed will be dealt with expediently and the result influenced open in the standard plain way by the Acting chief of police, Lagos to state.
Read the statement below
It has come to the knowledge of the acting Commissioner of police, Lagos state, Ag.Cp Edgal Imohimi that some police men attached to the Special Anti Robbery Squad, in a yet to be ascertained location, brutalized an innocent citizen. In view of the above, the Acting commissioner of police wishes to encourage all residents of Lagos state who have complaints against police action or on any issue, to report to any of the police patrol vehicles which now serves as mini police station and are parked conspicuously at vantage points across the state or call on the Citizen Complaint Centre established by the present commissioner of police through the following cellular phone numbers:
The segment of Nigerian population that appears regularly targeted by SARS includes young men who bear laptops on the road. They say SARS men routinely stop them and order them to strip their backpack for clues about their activities.
But notwithstanding what they do and how much evidence they present to ascertain their status as law-abiding citizens, SARS personnel would see them as Internet fraudsters and treat them accordingly.