13th June, 2017
Mr. Ibrahim Idris Kpotum,
The Inspector-General of Police,
The Nigeria Police Force Headquarters,
Louis Edet House,
HARASSMENT, UNGODLY BEHAVIOR AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL ACTS OF THE SPECIAL ANTI ROBBERY SQUAD (SARS).
National Association of Polytechnic Students commend you sir for the adequate organization of the Nigeria Police Force in order to record violence-free society especially during this season of different agitation from regions and religions societies in the country.
NAPS also want to use this opportunity to commend our service men and women for ensuring protection of lives and properties in Nigeria.
No matter the reservation anyone has for the Nigerian police force, We make bold to say that without you and our gallant officers on ground, lives will be ‘nasty, brutish and short’ in the words of Thomas Hobbes.
Kindly permit us to use this open letter as concerned students of Nigeria to bring to your attention the current harassment, ungodly behavior and unconstitutional act of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) in the country, Lagos and Ogun state in particular.
We are letting you know that the SARS officers under your watch undergo unlawful arrest of our responsible, hard working and visionary students across the nation. It has gone to the extent of taking up there mobile phones, requesting for the unlock codes and even accompany them to the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) so they could get some cash from them.
More annoying is that students can not freely take up legit vehicles from one location to another. There personal computer now becomes the officers at watch computer on no basis of crime detection. These acts are all carried out under gun harassment like that of a thief seeking for cash in chief’s mansion.
We consider this act as too embarrassing, an affront on the civic rights of our students and a monumental
embarrassment on all good officers across the length and breadth of Nigeria.
Your officers will then go ahead spread spurious, malicious and unfounded
information, that the students were caught with dangerous weapons, foreign pictures or stolen cash. We make bold to affirm that majority of there arrest are far from being true, it is a deliberate ploy by the officers so they could get some cash from them.
Sir, It is imperative to further note and condemn in its strongest terms, the Partisan posture of the Lagos State and Ogun State SARS Command in handling civil issues in the recent time, We recall that they had gone to length of the popular tagged “Stop and Search” at areas where student resides.
just about a month ago, A comrade called me to help him out in a case where the Sango/Ijoko, Ogun State Police Command arrested a student who took his uncle car to get some food items from the popular Ijoko market. The officers on watch that day putting on black top with SARS written in red paint with black trousers stopped the car, requested for his phone, asked him to unlock it. After checking carefully, it was returned back then asked him to park the car and go call the owner to come to their location.
Sir, Let us keep you informed that millions of students are getting tired day by day by this poor and quack display of your officers. We are law abiding students and we shall continue to abide by the provisions of the Law. However,
we’re always guided by our Principle of “injury to one, injury to all” and we shall no longer tolerate any harassment, ungodly behavior and unconstitutional act from your officers.
Sir, we do hope you’ll consider the urgency of our plight and wade in appropriately to control your men because we believe in the populr saying, “Police Is Your Friend”. Thanks in anticipation of your positive disposition and necessary directives.
Yours in Struggle for a better Nigeria,
NAPS Vice President