Fulani Kwajafa, a former commissioner of police behind the creation of the disbanded special anti-robbery squad (SARS), says he regrets creating the unit.
In an interview with BBC Hausa, he said over time, SARS derailed from the intent for which it was created.
Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police, disbanded the anti-robbery unit on Sunday, following a nationwide outrage.
Speaking on how SARS came to be, Kwajafa explained that in the 1980s, there was an upsurge in criminal activities in the country, especially in Lagos.
According to him, Muhammadu Buhari, then head of state, ordered Etim Inyang, then inspector-general of police, to come up with a strategy to tackle the armed robbery incidents in the country.
“The IGP called me that we should do something to save the country from armed robbery incidents; I accepted the offer and requested for time and materials. I then mobilised personnel for the task,” Kwajafa said.
“Four months after the formation of SARS in 1984, the unit flushed out the criminals and there was peace.”
He added that in the original plan of SARS, its operatives were not meant to be involved with “members of the public”.
Kwajafa said some members of SARS, however, now indulge in the same crime they were formed to fight against.
“SARS of today is not the same SARS I established in 1984. This is not the SARS we formed in the 80s, I use to be ashamed that I am the person that created the SARS because of their activities, had it been I knew such things will happen, I could not have created the unit,” he said.
“I always tell my wife that I was sad that what I created with good purpose and direction has been turned into banditry.”
Commenting on the new Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit meant to replace SARS, Kwajafa said changes might be undermined if there is no “change in mentality”.
Drama As Kwara State Governor Was Forced To Enter A Bike After #EndSARS Protesters Blocked The Highway (Video)
The governor of Kwara State was allegedly forced to take a bike after #EndSARS Protesters blocked the major highway.
The Governor’s convoy could not move as the highway was obstructed by citizens exercising their right to protest. Hence, he had to use an alternate means of transportation to continue his journey.
The governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq reportedly stepped out of his luxury car and entered a motorcycle after protesters blocked his intended route.
The video currently making rounds on social media shows the governor on a bike while his security personnel were running on foot.
Watch the video below,
JUST IN: Federal Government declares Thursday and Friday public holidays
The Federal Government has declared Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31, 2020 as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.
This was contained in a statement on Tuesday signed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Interior, Georgina Ehuriah.
The statement was titled, ‘Federal Government Declares 30 and 31 July, 2020 Public Holidays To Mark Eid-el-Kabir Celebration’.
According to the statement, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, while making the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated Muslim faithful and all Nigerians both at home and abroad on the occasion.
“He called on Muslims to continue to imbibe the spirit of love, peace, kindness and sacrifice, as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) and to also use the period to pray for peace, unity, prosperity and the stability of the country especially as the world is witnessing global health challenges caused by Covid-19 pandemic,” the statement added.
Obasanjo Preaches In Apostolic Faith Church, Says “I Want To Go To Heaven When I Die”
Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, says he would like to make heaven so he can join the hosts of heaven to sing to the Almighty.
Obasanjo said this after listening to a great rendition of a song by the Apostolic Faith Church choir and orchestra during the church’s camp meeting at the camp ground in Igbesa, Ogun state.
Obasanjo warned Christians in Nigeria to prepare for the second coming of Jesus Christ as the end of the world is near.
“You have to be fully prepared for the second coming of our Lord, there is no compromise. I have a friend who will always say that when we get to heaven that we will be exhausted praising God and it will be like a prison and will be very boring.
“But what I have seen by the choir, I will want to go to heaven and join the hosts to sing. If this is an example of what praising God in heaven will be, then I want to be part of it. If what I have seen here is an indication of how heaven will be, I will like go to heaven.
“Jesus Christ came to the world to show us the way to salvation and eternal life. We have a good heritage and we have everything to be proud of.
“Nigeria can be fixed by God but we have to invite Him into our lives. What we have to do about this country is in our hands. God’s grace abounds when we do not abuse it.” he said
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