Nigerians on social media are calling on Police authorities to scrap the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, popularly known by the acronym SARS.
The call follows several incidents of brutality, abuse and harassment reported against men of the police department.
The Nigerian Police Force Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit, PCRRU, had yesterday announced the opening of channels through which the public can report complaints about SARS.
The move by the PCRRU may be connected to the public outcry that has trailed the activities of many SARS officials in recent times.
Late in October 2017, a 2015 graduate of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ekwere Imoh, was shot by policemen attached to SARS, Oyo State Police Command. The policemen also shot a female friend of his, identified simply as Doris, who was with him. There were no concrete reasons for shooting the duo as they were neither criminals nor under arrest.
Earlier in the same month, a lady, Kachi Anifela Zion, accused officers of SARS in Ilorin of sexual molestation. She said a male SARS official under the pretence of searching her, dipped his hand in her underwear.
She further revealed that the SARS official threatened to beat her if she shouted, adding that the officer continued to fondle, rough handle and humiliate her for several minutes. The SARS official implicated in the matter was later arrested.
A video also emerged online in November, where a gun-wielding SARS operative threatened to shoot two people at Akute area of Ogun State.
Here are some of the trending #EndSARS tweets
Enough of the humiliation, intimidation, extortion and murder. Every well meaning Nigerian must lend their voice. #EndSARS Now!!!— Christopher Okagbare ð³ð¬ (@c_okagbare) December 3, 2017
SARS is a nuisance to the society, daylight robbers in official uniform, harassing the struggling youths.— Angels in Heaven ð§ââï¸ð§ââï¸ (@badgalmaddie_) December 2, 2017
THIS NONSENSE HAS TO STOP ð
RT if you are in support of the #EndSARS campaign.
wear face cap = #Suspect— T.E.S.L.I.M (@VectorThaViper) December 2, 2017
wear hoodie = #Suspect
wear tattoo = #Suspect
ear ring? = #Suspect
male with braids = #Suspect
nice phone = #Suspect
nice clothes, why don't u have car? = #Suspect
young? = #Suspect
gadgets = #Suspect
Alone = #Suspect
accessories = #Suspect