Contrary to recent social media campaign on the Special Anti-Robbery Squad Unit, SARS, tagged #EndSARS, Police High Command has voiced out it had no plan of such.
Despite the allegations termed ‘unfortunate’ against Special Anti-robbery Robbery Squad, SARS, from the public, majority of whom were youths, the unit has done more in securing the country.
The Police Command said those involved in this agitation are criminals who couldn’t operate because of the unit.
The Police also dared those involved to come forth so that they can investigate their situation.
It described the activities of these criminals as a plot to seek support from innocent Nigerians who were urged to desist from the online campaign.
In a telephone conversation with Vanguard, Chief Superintendent of Police, Jimoh Moshood expressed that the advocators were culprits who want the unit scrapped to enable them continue their evil activities.
He challenged anyone with an indictment against SARS to come forth with facts or keep shut.
He said: “Anybody calling for scrapping of SARS is an armed robber, let him come forward so that we can investigate him.
“Any complaints they give against any police personnel, everybody knows that we don’t hide it.
“We have a Public Complaints Bureau which handles complaints. So if anybody is calling for scrapping of SARS, we don’t need to be reminded that they are criminals just using the social media.”
The Chief Superintendent and Public Relations Officer added: “If there are robbers that are operating and Special Anti-Robbery Squad engage them and somebody would now put something in the social media and say they should scrap SARS, I think it’s unfortunate.
“If there are specific allegations against any police officer whether SARS or no SARS, there’s a control mechanism for any of us that violates the rights of Nigerian citizens to be dealt with appropriately.
“You have seen instances where police officers have been tried, found guilty and charged to court.
“Those mechanisms are there, so it would be mischievous for anybody to call for scrapping of SARS. You want armed robbers to take over everywhere?
“So, those who are calling on the scrapping of SARS are people to be suspected, I think they are robbers themselves, he added.
“If there are complaints of atrocities against any police officers, they are being dealt with appropriately, we don’t hide them.
“You have been reading how police men that misbehave in their lines of duties are being dealt with. So anybody that is calling for scrapping of SARS has something to hide.
“The police authorities cannot and will not scrap the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS for these criminals to thrive because it’s not our problem.
“The people that have been fighting armed robbery, fighting kidnapping and make a lot of successes?.
“Look at the number of people they have arrested along Abuja-Kaduna highway, look at the case of Evans. Don’t you know that Intelligence Response Team has elements of Special Anti-Robbery Squad in them.
”I’m just trying to let you know the viability, so we shouldn’t be dancing to the tone of the social media, that’s the comedians centre.
“If a person would call for the scrapping of SARS, is the person not an armed robber himself?
“They are just carrying their campaign in the social media.”
Nigerians at the weekend called out the police on social media to scrap its SARS unit over accusations of crimes committed by men of the unit.
The agitation hash tagged #EndSARS had been making waves online at the weekend with Nigerians alleging them of various crimes.