Young Man Shares His Encounter With ‘Dreaded’ SARS Operatives In Lagos

at 08:14 AM, 4 Nov 17 (1 week ago)
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A  Nigerian man has revealed his disappointment with operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) after his encounter with them yesterday in Lagos. The young man also revealed how he and his visiting friend were saved after putting a call to an Air Vice Marshall after their “illegal arrest”. Read what Simon Utsu shared on Facebook.


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Of recent, I’ve read zillions of narratives about the way the men of the Special Armed Robbery Squad(SARS) have been operating with reckless abandon and impunity. How they’ve turned a once respected unit of the Nigeria Police Force to a bandit of sophisticated armed robbers, assassins, ritualists, rapists etc. Never did I envisage I would/could fall into their ‘trap’.

An old and very close friend of mine came visiting yesterday. At about 11:30pm, we stepped out to get some takeaway somewhere in Lagos, a stone’s throw from where I’m putting up. We had done that and were on our way home when dangerous looking SARS operatives operating with a commercial bus (Danfo) cornered us gestapo style, pointed assault rifles at us and commanded us to get in. I and my friend did so albeit with a degree of reluctance. In the bus, there were so many people wailing and begging to be let go. I’m sure 90% of them were innocent ‘wanderers’.



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A young lad in that vehicle was even crying about how he was heading home from a late church program, the innocence in his voice was palpable. So much and so little raced through my head. I had heard lots of stuff about them and braced myself for the worst even though I knew they weren’t going to take I and my friend far- my good ol’ friend was there of course!

He brought out his phone to put a call across to his elder brother but discovered he was out of call credit. My blackberry was off but luckily for me, my smaller phone was still on.

He dialled the number on my phone and after explaining briefly to his brother, he tapped the closest policeman to us and told him he would like him to speak to his elder brother, who is an Air Vice Marshall(Major General equivalent). That was our ‘saving grace’.

The policeman in a bid to exonerate himself and his team, lied to the AVM that we arrested because we were caught in a red-light zone. Needless to say, we were immediately let off the hook.

‎I’m now of the opinion that SARS should be disbanded asap. The deadly looking guys I saw yesterday don’t deserve ‎to serve as law enforcement officers; they would operate better as assassins or armed robbers. Save for the intervention of a senior military officer, I would have been coughing out a non-refundable 50,000 Naira(minimum) ‘bail bond’ today.
blowout at 08:57 AM, 4 Nov 17 (1 week ago)
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That's Nigeria for u. Armed robbers have now been given uniforms and full legal backing to pick up and rob innocent citizens. U are lucky u were saved by the AVM else u would have paid more than that 50k u are talking about. Police stations across the country are filled with innocent people who cannot afford to pay the so called bail.
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freethinker at 10:53 AM, 4 Nov 17 (1 week ago)
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WHEN WE REFER TO THAT COUNTRY AS ZOO, SOME GULLIABLE WILL OPEN THEIR MOUTHS TO SAY TRASH
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gogoman at 02:15 PM, 4 Nov 17 (1 week ago)
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Quote from: freethinker on 10:53 AM,  4 Nov 17
WHEN WE REFER TO THAT COUNTRY AS ZOO, SOME GULLIABLE WILL OPEN THEIR MOUTHS TO SAY TRASH



YOU NO GET SENSE AT ALL , IF YOU NO GET BETTER THING TO SAY JUST F CK   OFF...  NEVER CALL NIAJA ZOO AGAIN
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kima77same at 07:04 PM, 4 Nov 17 (1 week ago)
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Quote from: gogoman on 02:15 PM,  4 Nov 17


YOU NO GET SENSE AT ALL , IF YOU NO GET BETTER THING TO SAY JUST F CK   OFF...  NEVER CALL NIAJA ZOO AGAIN
   NIGERIA IS WORSE THAN A ZOO. I WISH YOU BECOME THIER VICTIM ONE DAYOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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kima77same at 07:08 PM, 4 Nov 17 (1 week ago)
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Quote from: freethinker on 10:53 AM,  4 Nov 17
WHEN WE REFER TO THAT COUNTRY AS ZOO, SOME GULLIABLE WILL OPEN THEIR MOUTHS TO SAY TRASH
   DON'T MIND  THOSE HYPOCRITES. NIGERIA IS WORSE THAN A ZOO. YOU ARE RIGHT
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Ikenna15 at 07:17 PM, 4 Nov 17 (1 week ago)
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na wao this is just too pathetic. how can an agency entrusted to safeguarding the country be so corrupt and undisciplined. I tire oo
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BournIdentity at 11:43 PM, 6 Nov 17 (1 week ago)
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Roll Eyes                                                                       
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kixme at 01:28 PM, 7 Nov 17 (1 week ago)
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 Roll Eyes ::)i know say the story no just end like that..... Roll Eyes
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