For former Vice-President Abubakar Atiku says there is no much difference between Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, and the Libyans maltreating illegal Nigerian immigrants.
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Abubakar drew a parallel between both in the video he posted on his Facebook page on Sunday to announce his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The internet had been awash with calls for the proscription of SARS, with claim that the officers were uncivil in their conduct and terrorising innocent citizens.
In what appears like a veiled support for the proscription call, Atiku said in the video: “I am very abreast with the #EndSARS issue because my young followers on Social Media keep me very much in the loop.
“Whether it is how SARS treats Nigerians or how we treat each other, we are sending a message to the outside world. We can’t expect foreigners to treat our people better than we treat them.
“We must set the minimum standard required for the treatment of Nigerians worldwide by the way we treat our people domestically. Our charity must begin at home.
“On this issue, I call on the Inspector General of Police as a concerned Nigerian to intervene, and I know that the Nigerian Police as a disciplined and well organized force will take action to address this issue.
“It will go a long way to improve Nigeria’s rating in the global ranking of Police Forces next year because this year, they were wrongfully ranked as the worst.”
Meanwhile, the police have released phone numbers where victims of alleged brutality of SARS’ officer can call to lodge complaints.
Lagos State Police Command Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, gave out the numbers while reacting to call for the proscription.
Oti said, “The Acting Commissioner of Police wishes to encourage all residents of Lagos State who have complaints against police action or on any issue, to report to any of the police patrol vehicles which now serve as mini police stations and are parked conspicuously at vantage points across the state or call on the Citizen Complaint Centre established by the present Commissioner of Police through the following cellular phone numbers: 08067945296, 08063025274, 08113615350, 08113683077, 08096283148, 08096283183, 08089781657, 08126404930, 08081426895.”