Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has called on the Federal Government to dismiss rogue agents of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad unit of the Nigerian Police.
While reacting to fresh reports of abuse of power by the unit, Atiku, in a tweet, asked the Federal Government to review the body and restore sanity to its operations.
He noted that the unit was set up to confront violent crimes such as armed robbery, kidnapping and others, but had now begun to colour outside the lines.
Atiku said in the tweet, “The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigerian Police was set up to confront violent crimes such as armed robbery, kidnapping and other related crimes. However, the unit has today morphed into an oppressor of the Nigerian masses who strive every day for a better life.
“Reports of intimidation, harassment and outright extortion by officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad have continued unabated. I strongly condemn their cruel actions against our people, and I urge the government to rise to the occasion and nip this monstrosity in the bud with the seriousness it deserves.
“It’s expedient that the activities of SARS are reviewed to ensure that the rogue elements are excised from the unit and sanity returned to its operations.”