#EndSARS: Ex-Cop Reveal Dirty Deals Policemen Made to be Posted to SARS

The former cop, Fidelis Ogili.

An ex-police sergeant, Fidelis Ogili, has revealed dirty details of what police officers did to be posted to the now disbanded Police tactical unit, Special Anti-Robery Squad, SARS.

In an interview published by punchng.com, the ex-cop who joined the force on July 1, 1982 and left on May 31, 1999 having clocked in 16 years and 11 months, said he left due to corruption in the force.

“I discovered that things were going wrong which I could not change and the issue was affecting my conscience So, I left voluntarily”, he said.

When asked to elaborate on corruption in the force, he said, “saying it was bad is an understatement but I don’t know any other way to describe it. The corruption was systemic”.

Some SARS operatives arressted for professional misconduct.

He alleged that police officers intimidate people and seek bribes.

According to him, they are the most powerful set of people in Nigeria because our laws allow them to get away with anything they do.

On the #EndSARS protests going on across the country, he said, the allegations against its operatives may not be far from the truth.

According to him, officers paid huge cash to be posted to the unit.

“For one to be posted to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, one would have to pay a lot of money to some people in the police to get it done.

“Being intelligent was not what one needed to get there”.

SARS operatives

He queried the disbandment of the unit by the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu, saying it has been done before with no tangible results.

“I am tired of hearing that it has been banned because the statement amounts to nothing.”

For eight days now running, Nigerians have taken to the streets across the country in what started as protest against SARS but has now metamorphosized into a demand for the complete overhaul of the Nigerian Police Force, NPF.

We applaud Mr Ogili for his courage to open up on the evils in the Police Force and urge other patriotic Nigerian Police Officers to do same.

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The PATHETIC story of a young schoolgirl named, Adenike who lost her legs after she was mistakenly shot by SARS officers has been shared by her friend on social media.

Sharing the story, @theearthygoodness on Instagram, said Adenike was on her way home when SARS officers who were chasing armed robbers, fired gunshots, and she was mistakenly hit by one of the bullets.

After she was taken to the hospital, the officers visited severally, threatening her to lie that armed robbers shot her, even after she lost her legs to the sad incident was left in coma….

Read the story below;

“This is my friend Adenike. She was shot in 1996 when she was 15. She was on her way home in company of friends after visiting another friend. SARS were pursuing fleeing armed robbers. The bus she was in happened to be on the same road as them. The policemen proceeded to spray the bus with bullets.

After the driver stopped, they sprayed some more bullets. Nike was hit by one of the bullets! In her words – “The police saw that I was hit and instructed the driver to drop me that I was going to die anyway; I can’t remember if fuel finished in their car or something”. How did chasing feeling armed robbers correlate with shooting a bus full of civilians?! She was in school uniform along with 4 friends!

The bullet grazed her spinal cord. When they got to the hospital, the police started threatening the family to say she was shot by armed robbers. They also said the family should prove that the bullet had their markings! They intimidated the family so much that the doctors had to change her room twice!

The police visited the hospital daily insisting they wanted to speak to her. Nike was in a coma all the while this was going on, yet they did not cease their harrasment. When she eventually woke up, she was told not to narrate what happened. So, not only was she robbed of her legs, they also took away her truth.

After almost one year in the hospital, she eventually came home to us. In a wheelchair. Not a single kobo was paid by the police towards her medical care. We are grateful that she survived where many did not.

She is also the only survivor out of everyone hit by SARS bullets that day. She has come to terms with how her life was forever changed. But do you know how she feels knowing that nothing has changed since 1996? This is one of the reasons why we must #ENDSWAT #ENDPOLICEBRUTALITY #ENDSARS.”

The victim commented on the story saying “Thanks everyone…. I wanted the anger I have been feeling all over again since the protest started to cool down before I comment. Thanks babe for posting.”

According to Thisday, The letter written on October 15 and personally signed by Osamor, called the attention of the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, Mr Dominic Raab, to the nationwide protests in Nigeria in the past seven days against the excesses of SARS.

A member of the British parliament, Ms Kate Osamor, representing Edmonton, has written to question and seek clarification on the nature of aid the United Kingdom Government through the office of the Secretary of State, Foreign Affairs, extends to Nigeria’s disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

According to Thisday, The letter written on October 15 and personally signed by Osamor, called the attention of the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, Mr Dominic Raab, to the nationwide protests in Nigeria in the past seven days against the excesses of SARS.

Kate Osamor

She warned that further assistance be withheld and also called for an audit of what the previous aids were used for so that the UK Government agency would not be unintentionally supporting or facilitating the actions of an agency notorious for human rights violations.

The letter made available to ACE was written in a tone of caution to avoid a situation SARS got support from the agency without proper use.

Osamor’s letter cited that there have been 82 proven and documented incidents of torture, ill-treatment, extrajudicial executions and gross human rights abuses against SARS since January 2017 and cautioned it would be unthinkable that UK agency gives support to such body unless for training on proper conduct that respects human rights.

Osamor notified Raab that she wrote in her capacity as a member of a committee that superintends the agency.

She alerted that given the shady accountability process in the Nigerian agency, there might be the likelihood that UK might have been unknowingly providing support for an agency involved in the offences of abuses mentioned.

Residents of mainland in Surulere, Somolu, axis, have cried out as disbanded SARS officials allegedly stormed their street to arrest and invade people in their home.

The residents took to social media to cry out and inform the general public to raise the alarm as the SARS forces continue their brutalities despite the dissolution of the tactical squads.

According to videos spotted online and a video posted by actress, Adunni Ade, the residents could be heard crying for help in dark as the SARS forces invade the area.

The general public has however called on Lagos State Governor, Sanwo Olu to find why the disbanded SARS operatives still working after being dissolved.

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I cannot confirm how true this is. I have been tagged severally on this video from different posts. My DM’s with multiple videos , text and all. In the case of it being true Sir, @jidesanwoolu @jidesanwoolu @jidesanwoolu Sir, how true is this Sir? The disbanded SARS officers still have access to work? Picking up men at night? Shooting? Could you confirm where this men are been taken to? This is said to have happened at Feyisara close, close to Pedro police station in somolu. Please send help Sir. #endsars #endpolicebrutality #endswat

A post shared by Adunni Ade(@iamadunniade) on Oct 15, 2020 at 7:51pm PDT

Recall that on Sunday 11, the Inspector General of Police, Muhammad Adamu, announced the dissolution of the SARS and announced that they are to report to the Forces Hq in Abuja.

At Midnight, Officers Broke Into Houses in Surulere, Ojuelegba, Yaba, Somolu, & Pedro, Arrest Youths

Last night, immediately Twitter was shut down for about an hour, a video surfaced on WhatsApp status of a lady. She saw Officers arresting youths and quickly made a video available to friends who later shared it on other social media platforms.The lady said she stays around Pedro area of Lagos State.

While making the video, the Officers noticed and they rushed towards her door, banged it very hard but they couldn’t make to open it up. The lady however confirmed that she was save afterwards:

Some minutes after the lady’s part of the story, another lady took to messaging on WhatsApp that she actually saw Officers and their vans in her street. According to her, the Officers were arresting people, putting them in their vans, beating and torturing them. The lady said the Officers broke into houses in Surulere, Ojuelegba, Yaba and Somolu areas of Lagos State.

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That’s all for now. People, don’t you all think it’s becoming unbecoming? Why should Officers just break into houses in the middle of the night? What could be their demands for torturing people while at their personal residences.

Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong, disclosed this to journalists after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Thursday.

Governors of states in the Northern part of Nigeria have rejected the total disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong, disclosed this to journalists after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Thursday. 
Lalong said the defunct police unit had been useful in the fight against insecurity in the region. 
According to him, SARS was not made up of bad elements alone as it also included personnel doing their work diligently. 
He said what was needed was the reformation of the unit to enable it to discharge its functions optimally. 
Lalong, however, acknowledged that there were divisions in the country concerning the continued existence of the unit.

·        Emplaces other measures to protect the citizens 

In the finest spirit of democratic, citizen-centred and community policing, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has today, 11thOctober, 2020, dissolved the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) across the 36 State Police Commands and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) where they hitherto existed.

The IGP, while noting that the dissolution of SARS is in response to the yearnings of the Nigerian people, observes that by this dissolution, all officers and men of the now defunct Special Anti-robbery Squad are being redeployed with immediate effect. 

The IGP notes that the Force is not oblivious of the ever present need to combat armed robbery, kidnapping and other violent crimes in the country which was before now the core mandate of the erstwhile Squad. He assures that a new policing arrangement to address anticipated policing gaps the dissolution of SARS would cause has been evolved and shall be announced in due course.

Meanwhile, as part of measures to prevent a re-occurrence of events that gave rise to the dissolution of SARS, a Citizens’ and Strategic Stakeholders’ Forum is being formed to regularly interface with Police leadership at all levels and advise on police activities as they affect the general public. 

In addition, the Force is constituting an Investigation Team which shall include Civil Society Organizations and Human Rights Bodies to work with the Police in investigating alleged cases of human rights violations. The measure, the IGP believes, will enhance transparency and accountability in police services as well as providing a system of deterrence for erring police officers whose action clearly violates the rights of the citizenry.

The IGP appreciates and commends all citizens particularly those who genuinely express their concerns for a better policing orientation in an organized, patriotic and civil manner. He reaffirms the determination of the Force to bequeath to the country a Police Force and System that is professional in service delivery and most importantly, accountable to the people. 

A Nigerian based in the United States of America, Kelvin Ejike, has narrated how his experience with operatives of operatives of the FSARS made him vow never to trust Nigerian police officers, and has thrown his weight behind the #ENDSARS protests from his base.

Kelvin who has lived in the US for over 15 years, recounted how, on his last visit to Nigeria, he had a taste of the FSARS brutality and ruthlessness, just because he drove a clean car and looked well to do.

“I am happy that Nigerians, especially the youths and celebrities, have decided to stand up against those murderers and extortionists,” Kelvin started.

“Even though I am based in the US, I have thrown my weight behind the Nigerian youths and the Nigerian community in Arkansas where I am based, have planned to join the protest from here.

My last visit to Nigeria exposed me to the FSARS gang and what they made me go through will remain indelible in my mind. And that has made me vow never to trust any Nigerian police officer again, even if he is my brother.

On the day of the incident, an old friend had invited me to his house-warming party in Lekki. The party was to last the whole night but I needed to catch a flight to Port Harcourt the next day, so despite pleas by my friend to sleep over, I had to leave for my hotel in Ikeja.

I left the party at about 10pm with another friend. We had just driven past the Osborne Estate and about to link the Third Mainland Bridge, when we were flagged down at the under bridge, just after the estate, by a police team.

They turned out to be operatives of the FSARS dressed scruffily, some in muftis and slippers. They seemed drunk and were all pointing their guns at us, ordering us to come down from the car.

They all looked drunk and I feared that something could trigger in one of them and he could just shoot us, so I told my friend not to make any move or say anything to them. I felt I could handle the situation better.

They asked us where we were coming from and I told them we were coming from a party in Lekki and were going back to my hotel in Ikeja.

One of them said something to the effect that since we stayed in a hotel, we must be Yahoo Boys, but I told them I was based in the United States and only came to Nigeria a few days earlier and was schedule to leave for Port Harcourt the next day.

I am sure that was what alerted them to the fact that this was one good prospect to extort. They asked for particulars of the car, but unfortunately, the car belonged to my sister’s husband and I used it anytime I came to Nigeria.

When they saw that the particulars had a different name from my identification card, the accusation moved from being a Yahoo Boy to being an armed robber, saying the car was stolen.

One of them collected my phone and forced me to open the phone. He was going through the phone and foreign numbers and photos and came up with the idea that I was an international fraudster.

Before I knew what was going on, the guys had descended on me and my friend and started beating us like we were armed robbers. We were lucky they did not shoot us that night.

They refused to allow me or my friend to make any call as they seized our phones. They brought out handcuffs, cuffed our hands and pushed us into their vehicle and drove away while some of them got into our car and drove behind us.

They drove us around for a while and I did not know where they were taking us to till they got to a point on the Third Mainland Bridge, they stopped and ordered us to come out.

I was so scared as I thought they were going to shoot us and dump us into the ocean. At that point, I was ready to do anything to get off their hook.

The one who seemed to be the leader of the team told us we had two options. One was that they would drive us to a bank and we would withdraw money from the ATM and give them, while the second option was that they would shoot us and dump us in the lagoon.

We needed no second prompting and agreed to go with the first option. They put us back into the patrol van and drove to an ATM machine around Adekunle area of Yaba, and, with a gun pointed to my head, made me empty my account in cash and in transfer, to them.

In all, they extorted me of over N1.2 million that night, money I wanted to use for a business transaction in Port Harcourt, while my friend was made to part with N360,000. Before then, they had searched me and took about $1000 I had on me.

I thought that was the end of our ordeal but the heartless guys drove us around, basking in the euphoria of their big catch.

It was around 5am that they let us go and warned us never to report the matter to the police or they would come after us and eliminate us. I was devastated and traumatized. How could police officers in my own country be such crude beasts, I kept asking myself?

I could not go to Port Harcourt again as I could not raise the money for the business on such a short notice. That was the most harrowing experience I had ever experienced in my life and since then, I have lost all respect and trust for the Nigerian police.

I am in full support of the #ENDSARS protest by Nigerian youths and the celebrities who have thrown their weight behind the demonstration going on in Nigeria.”  

Deputy Governor of Lagos state, Obafemi Hamzat has narrated how he was harassed by operatives of the special anti- robbery squad (SARS) officers four years ago.

Hamzat who shared his experience with SARS as he addressed #EndSARS protesters at Alausa in Ikeja, stated that the security operatives do not have the right to trample on the rights of law-abiding citizens because of their unfamiliar looks or because they are carrying laptops or iPhones.

He however stressed that it will be counterproductive to pull down the entire operation of the police because of the infractions committed by a few bad eggs in the system.

Hamzat said;

“Every decent Nigerian will be upset. This happened to me four years ago. I was going to Amuwo Odofin…they (SARS operatives) were not in uniform, they had guns, they just double crossed us and said we should get out,” Hamzat told the protesters.

“The tenet of the police operation is to protect the citizens. Security operatives don’t have the right to trample on the rights of law-abiding citizens, because of their unfamiliar looks, or because they are carrying laptops or iPhones. It is wrong for any police officer to expressly accuse or pronounce someone, irrespective of age, guilty because they have dreads or ride luxury vehicles.

“As a government, we support evidence-based investigations and actions driven by intelligence. The procedure of arrest and prosecution must be followed through. We are equally aggrieved like every other law-abiding Nigerian. If a young man or woman who is legitimately doing his or her job is attacked or maimed by police officers for no reason, we will never support that. We condemn police brutality in whatever guise and we will continue to engage their leadership for change.

“We fully understand the reasons for your anger but this demonstration must also carried out in line with the law. If we employ violence or destruction to drive home our grievances, we will also be hurting ourselves. The protest must be orderly, so that those concerned will get the salient point of the message.

“You can’t block the road, disrupt free flow of traffic and prevent other people from embarking on their lawful duties, especially the emergency responders. As citizens, it is within your rights to express your grievances but let us exercise caution and eschew violence. The authorities have heard your voice and I hope we all leave the roads with the understanding that drastic changes will be effected.”

A heartbreaking video currently circulating on Instagram showing the moment SARS operative gunned down a man and ran away with his Lexus SUV car is trailing so many reactions on Instagram by its users.

A video currently circulating on Instagram shows 5 young men screaming and running for the safety of a young man allegedly gunned down by SARS operatives.

SARS

Special Anti-Robbery Squad ( SARS ) is a dreaded controversial unit of the Nigeria Police Force. The Special Anti-Robbery Squad is a unit under the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department headed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police Anthony Ogbizi. The DIG receives its directives from the Inspector General of Police. While the police unit has proven effective against crime, SARS have become a controversial police unit in Nigeria since 2012 according to reports. Though there have been several protests that SARS should be withdrawn from the police force, all effort failed.

Though the root reason why the SARS operatives gunned him down is apparently not known, the SARS operatives ran away with the young man’s white Lexus SUV car.

The 5 men who ran to the scene of the event immediately the SARS operatives released a shot at the man who was in yellow shirt and ran away, they examined the gunned down man to know if he was still alive but unfortunately he had given up the ghost. 

The 5 men being wise enough, got into their own car and chased after the SARS operatives. 

Further information hasn’t been released concerning the matter yet, but I assure you of keeping you updated as soon as possible.

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Check Out What Apostle Johnson Suleman said About SARS that Got People Talking.

Apostle Johnson Suleman who has proven over time to not just be a Nigerian Christian citizen, but also a voice against injustice in country, has called for the proscription of SARS in a tweet, which according to him are a disgrace to the police force.

In the tweet, the Senior Pastor and General overseer of Omega Fire Ministries alleged the agency of being worst than the criminals they are fighting against. And this is not far from the truth, even though they’re not all the same.

Adding that their trigger-happy nature has caused many mothers their children, as well as many youths their lifes and destiny, the seasoned prophet declared that they will reap what they sow.

Here is the full tweet by Apostle Johnson Suleman

SARS should be proscribed. They are a disgrace to the police force.They are worst than the ‘criminals’ they claim to be against..their trigger-happy nature have rendered mothers childless,sent youths on premature extinction, wasted destinies, they will reap what they sow.”

Following the tweet, individual who share the same view point, as well as those who are waiting on another to voice out, before they follow suit reacted thus (screenshot):Do you think SARS should be proscribed as the Apostle outrightly said? Share your thoughts below