Former Force Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Police Command, SP Dolapo Badmus, has called operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to order in a blistering open letter.
In the letter written on her Instagram handle @Opetodolapo, the police image maker took the time to caution ‘bad eggs’ in SARS that not all Nigerian youths are ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ boys.
Now serving as the Zonal PRO in charge of Zone 2 covering Lagos and Ogun States, Dolapo drew a line between looking ‘fly’ and criminality, stressing that cops should beware that not all young men with dreadlocks are scoundrels.
She wrote: “Bad eggs within the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), please be informed that not all good looking young men out there are ‘yahoo yahoo’ boys, a lot of them are young Nigerians ‘hustling’ up and down to make ends meet. Kindly note that some young upcoming stars believe that weaving, plaiting and designing their hairs rastafarianly is another way to be accepted as an entertainer (even though most times it doesn’t appeal to me). Some couple of days ago, I saw the son of a high-ranking officer with a dreadlock hair style, does that indicate that he’s a fraudster? Hell “No”, that young man is well-trained and brought up, he’s just shooting his shot in the entertainment world. It will therefore be highly unfair to any security agent to arrest him under the guise of being a yahoo boy. Dear colleagues in SARS, can we do more in combating violent crimes? Can we take a cue from the IGP’s Intelligence Response Team whose main aim has been to rid the nation of criminal elements? This team has done a lot to protect our nation, they always sacrifice their comfort and sleep! By so doing they’ve been able to abort violent crimes such as kidnapping, armed robberies etc. they have not only rescued victims but made arrests (Evans, Offa robbery etc). Dear SARS, we appreciate the ones among you doing what is right while we advise the bad eggs to take a cue from IRT and stop causing pains to legit young men and their families. Please note that it not right to accost anyone on the road and start checking his or her phone, respect people’s privacy and rights!…THANK YOU. God bless Federal Republic of Nigeria, God Bless Nigeria Police Force.”
There you go, SARS…It remains to be seen whether her words will help in curbing the unwarranted brutality.
In truth, we don’t want another #EndSARS campaign.