The Nigerian government has begun an investigation into allegations of extra-judicial killings, brutality and brazen criminality by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police.
This follows widespread outcry by Nigerians over killings and criminality allegedly involving SARS.
The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports on Saturday informed Nigerians via Twitter that various complaints against SARS had been received and refered to relevant security agencies.
It said in the statement titled: ‘Youth Ministry Worried about the increasing menace of SARS,’ that: “The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development is worried about the increasing menace and increasing harassments and attacks by SARS especially targeted at the Youth and other innocent members of the public.
The Ministry has monitored some of the attacks and brought it to the attention of the relevant security agencies in Abuja.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, @SundayDareSD who has also been monitoring the news and reports of alleged SARS harassment and attacks.
….and has called for immediate investigations that will unravel the truth.
The Ministry wishes to assure that this government through relevant security agencies will step into the matter to protect our youth and the fundament human rights of every Nigerian.”
On Saturday, SARS operatives allegedly shot and killed an unidentified man in Ughelli, Delta State and took his car away.
A video of the killing is currently trending.
Numerous cases of outright inhuman brutality have been regularly reported against SARS and these led to public protests in Lagos, Abuja and some other cities across Nigeria.
There have been calls for the disbanding of the outfit and similar units in the police.
Though the Commissioner in-charge of the Federal SARA, Imohimi Edgal, had recently urged Nigerians to report cases of infringement fundamental human rights by the outfit, the abuses did not abate.