Why I created SARS in 1984 – Former Police Commissioner says as he shares regrets

By mamakay • 2 weeks ago • 1126 views • 435 comments

Former Commissioner of Police, Fulani Kwajafa, has given reasons for championing the establishment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force.

Kwajafa who expressed regrets for creating SARS in an interview with BBC Hausa, reacted to the protests across Nigeria for over one week now with demonstators demanding a reform of the entire police system.

Daily Times reports that extra-judicial killings by SARS officials sparked the protest.

He said, “My name is Fulani Kwajafa. I entered the Nigeria Police Force in 1984. Then robbery was prevalent, this was why Buhari was Head of State. He (Buhari) got a lot of complaint that people were stealing from each other, robbing people — he told me and Mr Inyang, the then IGP, that we must do something about it or be fired.

“Mr Inyang called me and told me to come up with a plan to save the country from thieves, so I said okay. I told him to give me his trust, resources and officers to start work.

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