With Nigerians calling for an end to the operations of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS, and the Special Tactic Squad, STS, of the Nigeria Police Force, the presidency as reacted to the call by the citizens.
In her reaction, the Personal Assistant to President Buhari on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, was of the opinion that the move to end the operations of the said squads were propagated and backed by cyber criminals.
This comes regardless a complaint by the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, who lamented about the extrajudicial killings by SARS and said were disheartening.
According to PUNCH, the Vice president was quoted as said, “The President and I have had discussions on this. He is very concerned about it. He wants to see reform.
“I am very concerned, in fact, very angry about what I see happening to young men and women who are arrested — in some cases maimed or killed by men of the police force.
“The arrest, maiming or killing of young people or anyone at all, is completely wrong. It is unlawful and illegal, and anyone involved in this act ought to be investigated and prosecuted.”
However, Onochie said in a series of tweets that while there were a few bad eggs in the police, the protests against SARS were orchestrated by Internet fraudsters.
She tweeted, “I have no doubt that there are some staff of SARS who are unprofessional in their dealings with the public the same way we have unprofessionalism in the army, mainstream police, customs, civil service, public service , traders, doctors, lawyers, journalists, teachers, pastors etc.
“But what is going on now is a coordinated attack by cyber criminals joined by unsuspecting innocent citizens. This is not the first time. We must stand by our national institutions while working to improve their effectiveness. That is not what patriotism is about. No sentiments.”
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, on Sunday has issued a statement placing ban on SARS, STS, and other special forces from conducting stop and search, routine patrol, among other special operations.