The call to end the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) which began with a protest in Lagos state some days ago has since spread to other parts of the country.
Nigerians call for scrapping of SARS, a squad in Nigeria Police, over the unprofessional discharge of duties which had resulted in harrasements, assault and killing of several Nigerian youths.
Reacting to the protests which are gradually becoming nationwide, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has called on the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, to arrest anyone seen on the street protesting for end of SARS.
Meanwhile, Daily Post reported that a police officer was killed in Delta state on Thursday by the aggrieved protesters and a police station vandalised in Ogun State on Friday.
On its part, NANS who viewed that the protests may develop into a full blown chaos, cautioned protesters against jeopardizing the peace of this country.
Speaking in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital on Saturday, NANS through her National Public Relations Officer, Comrade Adeyemi Azeez, said the supposedly peaceful protests had been hijacked by lauts and hoodlums.
While conceding that the activities of the police force, not only that of SARS, should be reformed for optimal performance, Adeyemi warned that “we must be careful not to set the country on fire”.
“We are aware that some internet fraudsters, in a bid to continue perpetrating their criminal acts, are mobilising hoodlums to protest against the activities of SARS,” he stated.
Speaking further, the students body recalled that the IGP had ordered that SARS and other tactical units should no longer conduct checks neither should they mount road blocks.
Adeyemi, however, expressed worries that the people behind these protests are not satisfied with this.
“The police should not hesitate to arrest and prosecute anybody caught disturbing the peace of the public and causing violence all in the name of protest,” he stressed.