A Nigerian soldier has taken to social media to share his sour experience with operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a notorious arm of the Nigeria Police Force.
In a thread of tweets via his Twitter handle @007Soja, he narrated that he was on a trip in a commercial bus in Enugu earlier this year when the operatives stopped the bus at their checkpoint.
According to the soldier, after the driver refused to give them the bribe they demanded, they ordered all passengers to alight from the bus and started searching their phones.
He said he was not putting on his military uniform so he approached their boss and identified himself but the man started shouting and threatened to shoot him.
Peeved by the attitude of the SARS operatives, the soldier said he called the nearest military patrol, when the policemen sighted the army van from afar they entered the bus and quickly left the checkpoint.
SARS is the most unprofessional team of the Nigerian police. Here’s my experience as a Nigerian Soldier. Earlier this year the commercial bus I boarded in Enugu along 9th mile area was stopped by SARS operatives mounting an illegal checkpoint.
They requested money from the driver and the guy said he’s just starting business, I was on civil dress because I’m on pass, the operatives ordered everyone to come down, they started searching people’s phone, I went up to the one that’s supposed to be their boss.
I went up their boss & identified myself as a soldier on pass from north East, he said “And So?”, I went further & said I’m in a hurry that he should please release Dis driver, he got upset and threatened to Shoot me, he said he’ll frame me that I wanted to disarm him
I was shocked how things escalated so fast, I was calm down, he said I shouldn’t tell him anything that he’s in his duty post and I don’t any right to tell him anything. I could see his rifle was already cocked and his Safety catch was on Rapid.
His boys was already dishing out unsolicited slaps to the young man I was sitting Close to, he was on full beards, with the hand band he wore I think he’s a student of ESUT. I Was really hurt for many reasons
I can’t spend 1 and half year in Maiduguri in good health only to come home on pass and be shot by a reckless policeman, I was hurt because I can’t imagine risking my life in the North East protecting my country only for my own family to be harassed in this manner
The Operatives didn’t talk to me or request for my phone. I was there still trying to solicit for the passengers but the oga was playing God, I became really angry and called my colleague on patrol along that NSUKKA road,
When their boss saw I was really upset and I’ve started making calls he ordered his boys to return the car key to the driver, in some minutes I could sight the army patrol hilux heading through my direction, immediately the SARS boss ordered his men to enter their Bus
They sped off, plying the STAR BREWERY route and went straight to EKE, my colleagues got there and I explained what happened and they promised to get them. I have been on duty even in maiduguri with MOPOLS and they’ve never acted in such a reckless manner.”
See his tweet:
SARS is the most unprofessional team of the Nigerian police.
Here’s my experience as a Nigerian Soldier.
Earlier this year the commercial bus I boarded in Enugu along 9th mile area was stopped by SARS operatives mounting an illegal check point. thread #EndSARS
— Enimem (@007Soja) December 14, 2019