Fear Of SARS Leads Varsity Student To His Death

A final year student of Business Administration at Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Saliu Haruna, ran to his death in an attempt to get away from operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad attached to the Edo State Police Command.

Haruna was declared missing after he and other students were allegedly chased by SARS officials was later found in the well.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the SARS team had invaded Haruna’s hostel on Friday, which led to the occupants fleeing in different directions.

Haruna who was reportedly washing his clothes took to his heel and could not be found after the trigger-happy policemen left.

It was gathered that he was subsequently declared missing when he was not found after some search parties were organised to look for him.

However, his dead body was found in the well on Monday by some students.

A student of the university, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Haruna fell into the well while trying to avoid the policemen.

The student said, “Yes, Haruna was found dead last night (Monday). He was a 400-level student of Business Administration. He and other students were chased by the SARS operatives and as he was running, he fell into a well.

“The policemen came about four days ago and nobody saw him until Monday. By then he was dead.”

When contacted, the University’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Edward Aihevba, told one of our correspondents, that the institution has not confirmed the incident.

He said, “I have not received such information here. This is the first time I am getting anything of that nature.

“But between now (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday), I can confirm from the school’s chief security officer, dean of students affairs or any member of staff to find out if it is true.”

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Chidi Nwabuzor, said he had yet to be briefed about the incident.

Direct Security Forces And The Nigerian Police To Respect The Fundamental Human Rights Of Nigerians- Falana Tells Buhari

Human Rights activist and lawyer, Femi Falana, yesterday called on President Buhari to direct security forces and the Nigerian police to respect the fundamental human rights of Nigerians.

Falana said this while speaking at the June 12 investiture yesterday. Falana said President Buhari should direct the police to respect Nigerians as a mark of honor on late Human rights lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi who was honored at the event.

”I urge you Mr President, to direct all security forces in Nigeria and the police, in the spirit of June 12, to respect the fundamental rights of every Nigerian in this country” he said

#Operation End SARS: Nigerian Police Educates Citizens On Their Rights

The Nigerian Police has educated citizens on how to handle SARS officials in a discussion that took place on twitter, as people asked various questions on Nigeria security.

The force stated that SARS officers do not have the mandate to stop and search anyone as their job description is to tackle robbery, cattle rustling, kidnapping, violent crimes and others.

SARS Officer Killed In Gun Battle

A SARS officer, Audu Danjuma, has died in a gunbattle with cattle rustlers in a mountainous area in Nasarawa Local Council of Nasarawa State, yesterday June 3rd.

According to a journalist friend of the deceased, Eche Amos three officers were killed all together in the gunbattle. Amos wrote;

I received with complete unbelievable trepidation the untimely death of a gallant (N)SARS officer, Audu Danjuma, brother to Nasarawa Amazons’ goalkeeper coach, Audu Yahaya today.

The late SARS officer was among three officers reportedly killed in a battle with suspected cattle rustlers in a mountainous area in Nasarawa Local Council of Nasarawa State, yesterday.

No better love than for a friend to lay down his life for the sake of his friend.

You have fought the right war. You have demonstrated unequal patriotism to your community, state, and nation at large.

You gave your all for the security of humanity and society.

You were killed in what you believed in, lived for, and swore to die for.

To the great families, loved ones, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances you all left behind, may God console them, taking solace that you have fought a good and brave fight and history will never forget you.

We will continue from where you stopped and ensure justice is done to your killers as a mark of honour to you, your family and the peace-loving Nigerian people.

You died as gallant warriors!

Continue to rest in the bosom of the Almighty God until we meet never to part ways again. Amen!!!

Senators Barred From Visiting Melaye In Hospital

Operatives of Special Anti Robbery Squad have stopped the delegation of the Senate from seeing Senator Dino Melaye who is receiving medical attention at the National Trauma Centre unit of the National Hospital, Abuja.

Journalists who followed the Senate delegation learnt that Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial district was in a state of coma as at Wednesday morning.

Senators on the delegation are the deputy Senate leader, Bala Ibn’Nallah, Francis Alimekhena, Emmanuel Bwacha.

The National Trauma Unit of the hospital was heavily guarded by stern looking operatives of SARS.

The leader of SARS was identified as O. F. Onche who insisted that Senators cannot see Dino Melaye which according to him, was an order from above.

“Senator Bala Na’Allah: We are Senators and we are here to see Senator Dino.”

“SARS leader: I know you. You cannot see him now. It is an instruction.”

“Bala Na’Allah: Instructions from above?”

SARS leader: I said it is an instruction, may be you can see the medical director..”

The delegation left without seeing Dino.

Meanwhile, on their way back to the National Assembly, another senator intervened and they were called back.


SARS Operatives Arrest Dino Melaye

Operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad Tuesday morning arrested embattled lawmaker, Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West senatorial district.

The lawmaker, according to reliable sources, was arrested by the SARS and subsequently detained in a facility located opposite the old CBN junction along the Area 1 Expressway.

The SARS detention facility is known for imprisoning hardened criminals arrested for theft, murder, cultism and other criminal acts.

When the fiery lawmaker was contacted on phone by DAILY POST, he sounded rattled, as background conversation suggested a struggle between himself and some of the operatives, after which his mobile lines were switched off.

It would be recalled that initial attempts were made by the police to arrest Senator Melaye after immigration officials disembarked him from a flight to Morocco on Monday morning.

Following his release after three hours detention at the immigration office at the airport, the lawmaker’s house was besieged by over 80 armed policemen from yesterday until the early hours of Tuesday.


Dr Sid Harassed By SARS Officials In Lagos

Marvin artist Dr. Sid was harassed today by SARS officials along Freedom way, Lekki phase 1.

Sources say the security officials mistook him for a yahoo boy. The musican was in the car with Reekado Banks and Ksolo when they were stopped by SARS officials.

Their car was searched and when the officials found nothing incriminating, they seized his phone.

The SARS officials later released him after they realized that he is a celebrity.


SARS Officials Drag Man With Manhood, Inflict Machete Cuts

Joseph, a victim of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, popularly known as SARS was alleged to have been arrested last Thursday and required to pay a sum of 30,000 to secure his freedom.

He said the SARS officials stripped him naked and dragged him with his manhood when he resisted arrest.

He also claimed that the officers doused him with two canisters of tear gas.

The victim, 38-year-old Lucky Joseph, said his arrest was borne out of prejudice, saying he was familiar with the SARS officials, alleging that they all meet at the joint where Indian hemp is sold and smoked in their neighbourhood at Choba Extension in Obio Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.

He alleged that the men of the SARS Unit of the Nigeria Police, who wanted to arrest him, actually had several wraps of marijuana on them, hence his refusal to go with them.

It will be recalled that Joseph’s ordeal was caught on a video that found its way to the web, sequel to which it became Internet sensation, shared by many people on various social medial platforms.

The person who shot the video had claimed that Joseph was rough-handled when he refused to present the receipt of his mobile phone.

Some residents of Odums Streets, Choba Extension in Obio Akpor Local Government Area where Joseph was stripped naked by the security operatives, explained that the victim was treated like “a common criminal.”

To prevent his forceful arrest or being shot as threatened by the SARS men, the residents said they contributed N30,000 among themselves and handed it over to the SARS operatives, who allegedly demanded it before Joseph could be released.

The highest donor was alleged to be the owner of a mechanic workshop where Joseph works.

The video and photos posted online indicated that Joseph was stripped naked by the security agents, who insisted that he must go with them, even as residents continued to plead on his behalf.

Our correspondent met the victim, who explained that the SARS men inflicted machete cuts on him without telling him his offence; adding that he decided not to follow them when he was told that the attempt to arrest him was because he was one of those smoking Indian hemp in the area.

He identified one of the SARS officials as ThankGod, known to some residents of the street.

Narrating his ordeal, he said, “I was just passing and when I got to this point, two SARS officers grabbed me from the back. They then went on to search me.

“They brought out only my handkerchief. When they wanted to put it back into my pocket, I refused and the hand of the officers and the Indian hemp in his hand fell down.

“When that happened, one of them quickly picked it and ordered me to enter inside their vehicle, which I vehemently.

“A huge crowd gathered and insisted that they wanted to know the exact place they were taking me to.

“Four of them (SARS men) began to drag me and stripped me naked. They began to drag me with my manhood, but I did not relent. I also dragged them because I believe I did nothing wrong.

“Two of them later brought out machetes and rifles. I told them that if they wanted to shoot me, they should go ahead and do so. I said that because I was sure I did not commit any offence.

“As we were dragging each other, some wraps of Indian hemp were falling off from their pockets.

“They began to use the machete to inflict injuries on my body and tried to handcuff me, which I resisted.”

It was learnt that when they eventually threw Joseph inside the boot of their car, the residents began to beg for the artisan’s freedom and were asked to pay N30,000.

Joseph maintained that it was after the N30,000 was handed over to the SARS officers that he was eventually released; adding that his entire body was inflicted with injury.

He said before the machete cuts, the security agents had emptied two canisters of teargas on him.

SARS Arrest Thugs For Attacking Hausa Traders In Ile Ife

By Sodiq Lawal

There was a little pandemonium at Sabo area in Ile Ife on Sunday as men of  Special Anti-Robbery Squad ( SARS) arrested some suspected thugs for attacking Hausa traders.

Our correspondents gathered that the incident occurred around 10am when the thugs deliberately attacked the Hausa traders with the intention of creating crisis in the ancient city.

According to an eyewitness, Mr Oluwaseun Gandhi told our correspondent that the thugs invaded the Hausa traders to cause crisis in the town.

He said the SARS swiftly intervened in the the matter to curtail violence.

As at the time of filling in this report, normalcy has been restored to the area as the Hausa traders were seen continuing their business activities.

UPDATE: Reasons Why Journalist, Elombah Arrested By Nigerian Government

Here are reasons why the publisher of Elombah.com and United Kingdom based lawyer, Mr. Daniel Elombah was arrested by officers attached to the notorious Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, of the Nigerian police.

Daniel, who is also the General Secretary of the Online Publishers Association, OPAN, was arrested alongside his brothers from their family house in Edoji-Uruagu Nnewi, Anambra State in the wee hours of the New Year’s Day of 2018.

The officers who stormed the compound in a commando-styled operation refused to give reasons why the journalist was being arrested as his wife, two kids and aged mother watched in horror. They just said they were acting based on “orders from above” as they shackled him and others in cuffs before taking them away in one of the vans they came in.

According to information, the duo were moved to Abuja office of the F-SARS in Akuku.

Reports say Dan Elombah was arrested for reason unrelated to him. Surprisingly, he was mistakenly arrested.

Sources close to him confided in OsunDefender that discussions are on for his release.

The source said “Some people are also on ground. Hopefully, Press conference will be held tomorrow by his team of Lawyers.”

Anambra Youths Protest Move To Scrap SARS

Following the call by some groups to scrap the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), more than 2,000 youths on Monday took to the major roads in Awka, Anambra State capital, in a peaceful protest.

The group, under the aegis of Concerned Anambra Citizens and Non-Indigenes, drawn from various parts of the state, converged at the entrance gate of the SARS office in Awkuzu, Oyi Local Government Area of the state.

The protesters displayed placards with various inscriptions which read, “Removal of SARS, an invitation to kidnapping, robbery”, “We want crime-free Christmas and New Year”, “Let SARS be”, etc.

Addressing newsmen, the convener, and the Special Assistant to the state Governor on Political Matters, Okafor Emeka, said the protest was embarked on to drive home their demands on the consequences of scrapping the security unit.

While stating that any attempt to scrap SARS would amount to return of all forms of crimes and criminality in the state, he attributed the relative peace existing in the state to the active and aggressive operations of that arm of the police force.

On his part, the Police Community Relations Committee, Chief Francis Ezenwankwo said those calling for the scraping of the unit had selfish and ulterior motives, and called on them to have a rethink.

He however acknowledged that the officials of the unit might have their shortcomings, but insisted that rather than scrap the unit, they should be reformed and repositioned for better service delivery.

His words: “We have a system where erring officers are disciplined, including redeployment, training and retraining to bring out the best from them.”

The Governor’s aide, who later handed over the letter written to the Inspector General of Police by the group to the state Commissioner of Police, Garba Umar, pleaded with the IGP to use his good offices to ensure that SARS remained in the state.

According to him, refusal to heed their call would compel the group to carry the protest to the police headquarters in Abuja.

In his response, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Chris Owolabi, who represented by the Commissioner of Police, commended the group for their peaceful conduct, promising that their message would be delivered appropriately