Operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS have arrested four All Progressive Congress (APC) youths in Evwerni community, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta state. The leaders of the All Progressives Congress in Delta State and the party 2015 governorship candidate, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor disclosed this on Wednesday while condemning the arrest and harassment of some APC members and chiefs by SARS. While reacting to the arrest of four youths of the party at Evwerni community on Monday night by SARS, Emerhor urged the police not allow themselves be used by politicians. It was gathered that the arrest of the four boys which was allegedly mastermind by a PDP lawmaker in the area, Mr Samuel Mariere threw the once peaceful community into crisis as the youths took to t
My name is Daniel Elombah, a UK based lawyer and publisher. On the 1st day of January 2018, men of the Federal Special Anti-Armed Robbery Squad, SARS, numbering about 15 and armed to the teeth stormed our family compound in Edoji Uruagu Nnewi, Anambra state. The men who struck around 5:am on the new year day climbed over the gate with their ladder and ransacked the entire house. At the end of the operation, 6 adult male members of the family including myself were handcuffed, herded into a rickety bus and driven to the SARS Nnewi office where we were briefly detained. No one explained to us the reason for our arrest thereby throwing the entire family including our aged mother, our wives and our little children into great distress. Our repeated requests for the reason ...
The Online Publishers Association of Nigeria, (OPAN), Nigeria’s premier association of digital/new media publishers, has condemned in a strong terms, the arrest of the Publisher and Editor of United Kingdom based online news website, elombah.com by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, of the Nigeria Police Force on “Orders from Above.” BigPen Online recalls that the elombah.com Editor, Tim was arrested alongside his brother, Daniel Elombah, a UK-based attorney from their family house in Edoji-Uruagu Nnewi, Anambra State, Eastern Nigeria in the wee hours of New Year’s day. While Tim’s brother and the publisher of elombah.com, Daniel Elombah was released late Monday night, January 1, 2018 on personal recognition, the news media Editor, Tim was today (Tuesday) remanded in prison
The Nigeria Police Force has ordered all personnels of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to undergo a compulsory psychometric test, training and continue assessment of operatives deployed to SARS to determine their suitability. In series of tweets on the NPF twitter handle, the police force also ordered the prohibition of SARS operatives to act as body-body-guards, delving into land matters, personal disputes, debt collection and civil matters. BigPen Online can reports that the NPF also prohibited SARS officers from conducting stop and search on roads unless when necessary, adding that the direct supervision of SARS operation in each state command would be under the Commissioner of Police in charge of the state via the DCP/ACP operations. The statement on the polic
The Nigeria Police Force has alleged that the convener of the #ENDSARS campaign was working in tandem with mischievous politicians who were trying to create a problem in the system for SARS. This was made known by the Police Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood on Channels Television. The Police Spokesman who gave the name of the convener of the campaign as Jega Awosanya Segun said that the culprit (Jega Awosanya Segun) had ulterior motives for creating the campaign and was being sponsored by politicians looking to damage the reputation of the unit. “Somebody who had an ulterior motive put up #ENDSARS. We tracked the hashtag and traced it to mischievous politicians that are trying to create problem in the system, that SARS is a stumbling block for them to achieve
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has described Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS), as a gang of criminals being prepared by the authorities for the rigging of the 2019 General Elections. He spoke when Management of Sun Publishing Limited led by its Managing Director, Mr Eric Osagie visited to present the letter of his nomination as Sun Newspaper Governor of the Year 2017. Governor Wike stated that the so-called review of the operation of SARs following the outcry by Nigerians over the deadly illegal acts of the organisation, is merely aimed at diverting public focus. Speaking during the courtesy visit on Tuesday at Government House, Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said that activities of SARs would lead Nigeria to disaster. According to him, "SARS is being prepared
The Inspector General of Police Idris Kpotun Ibrahim has ordered for the immediate re-organization of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad known as SARS across the country. This is in reaction to the #EndSars campaign on twitter which began on Saturday, December 2nd 2017, force Police Public Relations Officer Jimoh Moshood said in a statement on Monday, “The Nigerian Police Force in reaction to the recent trends in social media with calls for scrapping SARS #ENDSARS, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) has ordered the re-organization of the squad across the country and investigations into all allegations and complaints raised. "In this new arrangement, a commissioner of police is now the overall head of the Federal Anti-Robbery Squad nationwide under the Department of Op
Former Vice-president Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has reacted to a campaign on twitter calling for dissolution of SARS in Nigeria. According to reports available to BigPen Online, Alhaji Abubakar who is also a top contender for the 2019 presidential election took to his twitter handle @atiku to express his opinion on the issue. “The arbitrary harassment of young Nigerians by police (who should be protecting them) has no place in a democratic society. "The #EndSars protest shows Nigerian youths are upset and the matter needs urgent attention. Everyday we encourage or young people to become entrepreneurs. Buying a laptop to earn a living shouldn't attract harassment. "I commend our young people for protesting these injustices peacefully online and encourage the IG of @Pol