SARS is a unit in the Nigerian Police Force established to tackle violent crimes like Kidnapping and Armed Robbery. The persons in the said unit are police officers.
So, if you end SARS, what then happens to the officers whose actions and in actions have brought so much disrepute to the image of the Nigerian Police Force?
They will simply continue their illicit behaviours in other departments/units within the NPF. Ending SARS will not change their fraudulent inclinations.
The importance of SARS in the fight against violent crimes cannot be overemphasized. They have been helpful. I would rather advocate that the entire police structure should be reformed.
Let it be clear, that I frown and condemn police brutality and any form of abuse of human rights.
Despite the wrong doings of some officers within the structure of the NPF, there are a whole lot of others who are brave, descent and honourable.
I know of some brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice of giving their life in the line of duty.
Several law enforcements officers have been killed in the line of duty. Unlike most careers, the men and women who embark upon a life in law enforcement know fully that they might one day be called upon to lay down their lives in the call of duty.
I have been to several police barracks. It is not an environment you would recommend for a pig. Extremely inhabitable.
The average police officer in Nigeria is badly dressed, poorly renumerated, has no health insurance, cannot provide three square meals in a day for his family.
Can’t boast of a purposeful future for his children. These circumstances make them uncertain and desperate, which inturn leads them into illicit behaviours.
So, if we pretend about these teething issues, then we will never find a lasting solution to the problem we are all clamouring about.
There is an urgent need to look into the welfare of Police officers. Are they well motivated? I don’t think so. The federal government must declare a state of emergency in the NPF. There must be total reform.
If you reform the entire structure of the NPF, SARS as a unit and other units in the NPF would be transformed.