JUST IN: Youths burn down police station over shooting of undergraduate by SARS

Some youths in Iwo, Osun State, have set a police station ablaze in the town for the alleged shooting of an undergraduate, Tunde Nofiu, by an officer attached to the Special Anti Robbery Squad. Nofiu was said to be spending holidays in the town was going to Iwo from Olupona when he was shot dead on Thursday night by a SARS officer. The angry youth have brought down the buildings inside the Iwo Area Police Command which houses the SARS office and have set it on fire. The attempt by…

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Angry 120 SARS operatives prepare to leave Lagos Command

…say to remain is suicidal, makes them easy targets of armed robbers   Not less than 120 operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja, Lagos State Police Command, have applied to be transferred out of the unit, a source disclosed yesterday. The panic transfer moves came on the heels of a signal received from Force Headquarters, Abuja, from the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Thursday, stating new laws and orders as the determination to overhaul SARS gathers momentum. The police source disclosed that at least 120 SARS operatives…

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Osinbajo orders IGP to overhaul SARS, probes rights abuses

F-SARS gets new CP   Elite force moved to operations Dept   CSP to head Zonal, state SARS   Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has ordered the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to immediately carry out reorganisation of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The directive followed persistent complaints and reports on the activities of the police special unit, which borders on allegations of human rights violations. Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity to the Acting President, Laolu Akande, in a statement yesterday, said Osinbajo directed the IGP to,…

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BREAKING: Osinbajo orders immediate overhaul of SARS

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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to immediately overhaul the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police. In a statement signed by his media aide, Laolu Akande, the Ag President said “any Unit that will emerge from the process, will be intelligence-driven and restricted to the prevention and detection of armed robbery and kidnapping, and apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences, and nothing more.” The Acting President has also directed the IGP to ensure that all operatives in the emerging Unit…

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Journalist accuses F-SARS of assault, plots to intimidate him

A journalist, Precious Nwadike, who is aspiring to represent Imo West senatorial district at the National Assembly in the 2019 elections, has lamented his alleged assault, illegal arrest and detention by men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS). Nwadike, who spoke with our correspondent, said he was shocked when a 15-man team of operatives from the F-SARS stormed the venue of his consultation meeting with traders of the Orlu Timber Market shooting sporadically. According to him, they whisked him away like a common criminal, threatening to shoot him, if…

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SARS operative killed by Policemen who mistook him for kidnapper

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Some policemen on guard in a private residence have allegedly killed a member of the Special Anti Robbery Squad in Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State. That the incident occurred near the home of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige. A Police source who pleaded anonymity said the deceased, whose identity could not be confirmed as of press time, was mistaken for a kidnapper by his colleagues. “He (the deceased) accompanied one of his colleagues to somebody’s residence to effect an arrest at about…

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Youths protest F-SARS’ manhandling of Wike’s aide

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Hundreds of youths in Rivers State yesterday held a protest rally and took two petitions to the Rivers State police command for manhandling Special Adviser to Governor Nyesom Wike on Social Media, Mr. Marshal Obuzor, by the operatives of the Federal Special Anti- Robbery Squad (F-SARS). Obuzor had a few days ago complained that he was dehumanised by FSARS operatives around Mandela Car Wash at the Old GRA, Port Harcourt, noting that the F-SARS operatives manhandled him and used machetes and rods to inflict injuries on him.He claimed that one…

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Four SARS officers kidnap ‘bishop,’ collect N7m

Four policemen attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have been arrested in Lagos for kidnapping a bishop and collecting N7 million from him. The policemen were also dismissed by the Assistant Inspector General (AIG), Adamu Ibrahim, in charge of Zone 2 Command, after conclusion of investigation. The policemen, Sergeants Adeoye Adekunle, Adenira Adebowale, Agbi Lucky and Odighe Hehosa, were said to have been found guilty after the orderly room trial for professional misconduct and corruption. The four suspects were charged to court on the offences of armed robbery, kidnapping,…

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Despite public outcry, SARS still above the law (II)

SARS: Turning guns on the protected   In this concluding part of the Special Anti Robery Squad (SARS) story by JULIANA FRANCIS, victims of police brutality relate their gripping encounters with men of the unit while security experts and the Force speak on challenges and efforts to reform the squad   Mr Victor, who introduced himself as Yahoo boy, said that SARS men shouldn’t be blamed for harassing Nigerians, particularly Yahoo boys. He said that Yahoo boys should be blamed, because they were the ones giving information about their colleagues…

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Lawyer gave my boyfriend juju to escape from SARS custody

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A girlfriend to an armed robbery suspect; Loveth Ogbu yesterday told policemen that her boyfriend; Bukola Adeoye aka Agbara escaped from the custody of the Ondo State Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) with the aid of charm given to him by a lawyer who visited him in the police custody. The lawyer, according to the 23 years old accomplice was a senior brother to her boyfriend who was killed by police bullet when he engaged in robbery operation in Ore, in Odigbo Local Government area of the State. Bukola and Rotimi…

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