SARS : Police response unit announces complaint channels

The Nigerian Police Force Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit has opened channels through which the public can report complaints about the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, popularly known as SARS.

The PCRRU made the information public through a poster tweeted by the Unit’s official handle on Saturday.

On the poster which has graphics depicting men on SARS uniform along with SARS squad vehicle, also carries the slogan, “Bail Is Free”.

The channels listed on the poster are: 08057000001 and 08057000001 for calls, 08057000003 for SMS and WhatsApp messages, 2BA2B5DE for BlackBerry messages, @PoliceNG_PCRRU for Twitter and www.facebook.com/PolicePCRRU for Facebook messages.

Email channels listed on the poster are, [email protected] and [email protected] A website URL for the purpose was given on the poster as www.npf.gov.ng/complaint.

The PCRRU assured Nigerians through the poster that complaints would be handled swiftly as it the unit claims not to tolerate impunity.

The move by the PCRRU may be connected to the public outcry that has trailed the activities of many SARS officials in recent times.

Late in October 2017, a 2015 graduate of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ekwere Imoh, was shot by policemen attached to SARS, Oyo State Police Command. The policemen also shot a female friend of his, identified simply as Doris, who was with him. There were no concrete reasons for shooting the duo as they were neither criminals nor under arrest.

Earlier in the same month, a lady, Kachi Anifela Zion, accused officers of SARS in Ilorin of sexual molestation. She said a male SARS official under the pretence of searching her, dipped his hand in her underwear.

She further revealed that the SARS official threatened to beat her if she shouted, adding that the officer continued to fondle, rough handle and humiliate her for several minutes. The SARS official implicated in the matter was later arrested.
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