The SARS’ Menace

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By Dele Agekameh

The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigeria Police Force is one of the 14 units under the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID). The unit is charged with the prevention and investigation of armed robbery, one of the most serious crimes committed on Nigerian soil.
While most Nigerians, including many policemen, cannot identify any of the other 13 sections under the FCID, the acronym SARS is known countrywide. Frequently dressed in plain clothes, the operatives of SARS have proven to be the most unruly unit in any security service in the country – and that is putting it mildly.

Shabbily dressed, AK47-bearing men on the street in slippers are likely to be armed robbers or men of SARS. Similar not only in appearance, men of SARS are sometimes a greater evil on the roads than roving armed robbers. Armed robbers may stick to dispossessing…

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