THE Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins has called upon the Police authorities to listen to the legitimate public outcry against the excesses of the officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.
He said that while the intention for setting up the special police outfit to curb incidents of armed robbery and other similar crimes was noble, the personnel have resorted to molesting the very people they are meant to protect.
According to the prelate, the recent increase in allegations of police brutality, particularly SARS operatives, against Nigerians, mostly youths across the country was not only a breach of professional conduct, but also showed wickedness and lack of respect for the citizens for whose welfare they were set up.
He therefore expressed his support for the ongoing protests demanding an end to SARS as presently constituted and the emergence of a better-constituted unit that is well-monitored and accountable for its actions. The officers in charge of such units must be specially trained, well-funded, and equipped for such purpose. SARS at present has compromised the purpose of its existence.
– Oct. 11, 2020 @ 14:29 GMT |