Despite official disbandment, report throughout last night indicates that operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad may still be in active duty of illegal arrest and kidnap after many allegedly had their homes forced open and many arrested to unknown destination. A system of operation typical of what SARS are notorious for.
Residents of Pedro, Shomolu, Ojuelegba and then Yaba were reportedly victims of the nocturnal assault. On social media platform, Twitter, internet users posted videos and pictorial evidences that shows armed men in vans knocking menacingly on doors and arresting people away in white Hilux vehicle.
The Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu had on Sunday 11 October, 2020, prior to a meeting with President Buhari announced the dissolution of the SARS unit after a lengthy public outcry against police brutality – that is still ongoing.
The street demonstration which started in Lagos have diffused across major cities in the country with the youths calling on the government to #ENDSARS. The call had resonated international community with many global figures identifying with the struggle.
The Lagos police command and the Lagos state government are yet to respond to inquiries nor have they made statement regarding the raids and whether they are authorised or illegal.