Endsars: Fulani Kwajafa, who supported the formation of SARS, regrets its creation
Mr Kwajafa, in an interview with BBC’s Hausa Service on Thursday, said SARS was formed when then-military chief of state Muhammad Bukhari ordered then-inspector general of police, Eti Inyang, to craft a strategy to deal with the country’s rampant armed robbery.
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Fulani Kwajafa, a retired police officer who supported the formation of the now disbanded Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), said he regretted its creation.
He also said that police training has gone downhill from what it was originally created for.
Mr Kwajafa, in an interview with BBC’s Hausa Service on Thursday, said SARS formed when then-military chief of state Muhammad Bukhari ordered then-inspector general of police, Eti Inyang, to craft a strategy to deal with the country’s rampant armed robbery.
Mr. Yingyang was PGI from 1983 to 1986. He was preceded by Sunday Adewusi and succeeded by Gambo Jimeta.
How SARS was formed
Mr Kwajafa said there had been a spike in violent criminal activity that prompted then-military head of state Mr Bukhari to order Mr Inyang and his aides to do everything they could to stem the tide. about armed robbery in the country or loss of job.
“PGI called me and said that we must do something to save the country from armed robberies; I accepted the offer and requested time and materials. Then I mobilized staff to carry out this task, ”said Mr. Kwajafa.
“Four months after the creation of SARS in 1984, the unit went into the hunt for criminals, and after a successful operation, peace reigned everywhere,” he said.
A retired police officer said he was worried about stories he heard about how disbanded SARS agents violated the rights of Nigerians and even killed some of them.
“The stories I hear about SARS are harmful; I have determined that even among SARS there are armed robbers, ”said Kwajafa.
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“This is not the SARS that we formed in the 80s. I am ashamed to be the person who created SARS because of their activities. If I knew such things would happen, I would not be able to create unity, Mr. Fedor. Kwajafa added.
He said that those who were familiar with the early activities of SARS will say that it was created by Mr. Kwajafa.
He said the controversial police unit violated official rules of warfare and accountability.
Endless protests #EndSARS
Several protests have taken place in several cities across the country, calling for extensive police reform, an end to police brutality, extortion, intimidation, harassment, among other vices, against the Nigerian police force.
The protests resulted in several casualties. Amnesty International has conservatively named the death toll as at least 10.
In his separate reaction to the ongoing PGI protests, Mohammad Adamu dismissed SARS and replaced it with SWATS, while President Muhammadu Bukhari joined the protesters’ five-point issue.
Bukhari has also pledged radical police reforms, but has yet to provide details on how and when the reforms will take place.
At the time of this report, the protests were still ongoing.