A policeman who reacted to recent campaign against police brutality, has stated that those clamouring for end of SARS are criminals.
The policeman identified as King C Clear Odiase, added that those clamouring for end of SARS are not only criminals but also sponsored. He wrote;
To protect my wife and family is not an issue, I am just having sympathy for others. Those who clamour for the authority to end SARS are criminals or criminally sponsored check them very well.
He has long deleted the post following the backlash he faced.
Recall that in 2006, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was formed to combat robbery in Nigeria – it worked. The idea was premised upon the Operation Sweep, formed by former Lagos State Military Administrator, Colonel Buba Marwa around 1997. The same was also recreated in Ibadan, Oyo State under the name Operation Gbale.
Around 2009, SARS found its way into Nigerian Universities as a medium to repress the surge of internet fraud and cultism which had spilled to the streets. This era also coincided with the radicalism of style and fashion evolution amongst Nigerians under 35.
What SARS became was a national scourge that a witch-hunt machinery against Nigerian youth with dreadlocks, piercings, cars, expensive phones and risque means of expression. This led to the #EndSARS campaign, against the constant abuse of office by SARS operatives.