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Amid abuses, citizens decry government paying lip service to SARS reform

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In the last few years, operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit of the Nigeria Police Force, have been having a field day maiming, extorting, harassing and carrying out extra-judicial killings.

After a handful of Nigerians were slaughtered in Lagos, River, Delta, Ogun, and other states, matters got to a head last year with the emergence of the End Special Anti-Robbery Squad (END SARS) campaign, which was at the instance of an advocacy group that was opposed to its conduct, manner of operations and serial violation of human rights.

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The Federal Government subsequently ordered the Police High Command to immediately overhaul the management and activities of the unit.

A half-hearted attempt at overhauling the troublesome unit of the force led to its change of nomenclature from SARS to Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS), as well as the appointment of a new Commissioner of Police as the overall head of F-SARS. Not much has been achieved in terms of better performance since the so-called overhaul.

Against the backdrop of the death of the vice-captain of Remo Stars Football Club, Tiyamu Kazeem penultimate week, in questionable circumstances, Nigerians have berated the Federal Government for failing to ensure that the unit acts professionally and responsibly.

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