The alleged killing of a Nigerian man, Kolade Johnson, by policemen of the Anti-Cultism Unit of the Lagos State Command, has reignited the calls for the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
In the latest display of police brutality, young Kolade Johnson was killed on Sunday afternoon after being hit by a stray bullet fired by police officers during a raid in his neighbourhood in Lagos.
The police officers then fled the scene after the crime as irate youths trooped out and blocked the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.
The culprits may have escaped for the day, but Nigerians – fed up with repeated cases of abuse by security operatives – have taken to social media to revisit the call on the Federal Government to scrap SARS and also reform the police force.,
Upon assumption of duty as the Acting Inspector General of Police in January, Mohammed Adamu, had ordered the immediate disbandment of the Federal SARS, Special Investigation Panel and Special Tactical Squad.
But there can be little doubt more needs to be done as expressed by majority of Nigerians.
Former Director General of the Bureau of Public Service Reform Dr Joe Abah wrote on Twitter:
“Being young is NOT a crime. Having dreadlocks is NOT a crime. Sagging your jeans is NOT a crime. Having tattoos and piercings is NOT a crime. The big crime is the police harassing and killing the innocent youth they are paid to protect, and nobody stopping them. #EndSARS”
Here are other reactions on the matter…
Now that the recalcitrant Anti Cultism acting as Criminal Fashion @PoliceNG have started killing our youth in the bid to intimidate, abduct and rob them of money, we will ensure this is the last time that unit operates. The end has come. #EndSACS #EndSAKS #EndSARS #ReformPoliceNG https://t.co/N2fOoGGUIt
— SEGA L’éveilleur®🚨 (@segalink) March 31, 2019
SARS is dangerous! they are even worse than armed robbers now but yet to be declared a terrorist group. At the look of things, they seem to be more deadly than Boko HARAM.
IPOP killed no one but was named a terrorist group.
Declare SARS IS A TERRORIST GROUP! #ENDSARS
— E B I T U™ (@Pro_Ebitu) April 1, 2019
— Nazaekpere (@Nazygold2) April 1, 2019
The SARS-Gbagada group/branch are criminals!
Picked up my friend from at ikotun area (where he went to supply goods to his customer) & drove straight to their office at Gbagada, and tagged him a cultist, it took Gods Grace &over 50k to get him out of their evil hands! #EndSARS 😡
— I_Am_Nzeh (@nzexnew) April 1, 2019
Like @AishaYesufu would say, "Today's victims were yesterday's survivors. Today's survivors would be tomorrow's victims. Who is next?"
— Casper D Friendly Ghost(Adesanmi's distant mentee) (@st_prof_cas11) March 31, 2019
They claimed to rebrand SARS, only to bring back these terrorists to continue killing and harassing Nigerians. These Licensed criminals need to be removed, and put in prison, because letting them loose on the streets will cause more havoc. #EndSars and arrest them too!
— Umeh and 99 others (@UMEHoma) April 1, 2019
It will take our undying loyalty to #EndSARS course, our undivided support to @segalink to see the end of this anti humanity called @PoliceNG / #sars . To me, we don't appreciate/support Sega enough on this journey😩😢
— Atoyebi Bamidele (@AtoyebiBamidel2) March 31, 2019
If someone told me Nigerians will trend #EndSARS in 2019, I will call the person enemy of progress! Why can't federal government redeploy these trigger happy SARS officers constituting nuisance down south to Zamfara state to curb killings and kidnapping? 🤔#EndSARS
— Opeyemi Babalola (@CACCOT1) March 31, 2019