There are so many stories that it’s almost too difficult to know where exactly to begin. Really though, there’s only one place: SARS – the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
Almost everyone either has a personal encounter, or is friends with someone who does.
The situations are similar enough:
A young man is picked up off the road and is accused of being a yahoo boy. That he is or isn’t matters little. He’s roughed up, sometimes a little, most times a lot, slapped, punched, slapped again. He’s forced to negotiate his release, is led to an ATM to withdraw from his bank account, and then it’s goodbye, safe journey, God bless you.
A case is reported and of course we’ll help you and almost magically you find yourself an accessory to a crime.
Other times there’s even no point pretending and one is simply abducted all of a sudden and you’re asked to pay to get bailed. For what?
Twitter users have been sharing stories of personal experiences, most in line with these and some others scarily worse.
On May 3rd 2016 SARS arrested my wife and I for having (Not drinking or drunk driving just carrying in the car ) locally distilled alcohol in the car. They whooped me for asking what we did wrong and drove us round different watersides. Later took all the money we had. #EndSARS
As the complaints continued to rise, reports filtered in Saturday morning that a SARS operative allegedly shot a young man in the head.
The head of the Nigerian Police Force Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) Yomi Shogunle shared a tweet on the issue which many have found insensitive.