Protest Against SARS by Rivers Youths in Port Harcourt
The Nigerian Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad “SARS” is under severe criticism by the youths of Rivers state who last Thursday went on a public demonstration against the police security outfit accusing it of brutality and attempted murder.
The youths in their hundreds took to the streets of Port Harcourt chanting war songs and eventually gathered at the Port Harcourt City Secretariat, Port Harcourt. There, they read out a detailed petition and made serious complaints on the various atrocities committed by the security outfit.
The most vexed issue is the threat issued by the operatives of SARS to kill the Senior Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Social Media Mr Marshall Obuzor.
The Dreaded SARS Security Outfit
The protesters carrying various placards alleged that the security operatives brutally attacked the social media consultant turned politician in the popular Mandela Car Wash in GRA, Tombia extension. They alleged that the operatives beat up the said Obuzor inflicted several cuts on him as well as ruptured one of his ears.
Obuzor who also participated in the protest march confirmed the ugly incident and related various illegal manhandling of innocent citizens of the Rivers State by the so-called SARS security outfit.
According to Obuzor “in public view, the SARS operatives used machetes and rods to beat me and seized my phones. They repeatedly threatened to kill me. Even the government official who intervened was threatened with death”.
Protest in Support of SARS in Port Harcourt
“I was surprised that SARS has degenerated to this level where they don’t care that people are watching,” Obuzor said. He further lamented the erosion of dignity and respect in the Rivers state SARS observing that they are now like touts and thugs on the street.
Obuzor in the petition addressed to the Inspector General of Police called for a proper investigation into the unfortunate incident with the aim of getting the culprits sanctioned and punished. He declared that the residents of Port Harcourt have had enough of the excessive abuse of power by Rivers state SARS insisting that “Enough is Enough”