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Endsars: Fulani Kwajafa Who Championed Formation Of SARS Regrets Forming It

Endsars: Fulani Kwajafa Who Championed Formation Of SARS
Regrets Forming It
EndSARS: Police officer, who championed formation of SARS
during Buhari’s military regime, says he regrets forming it
Mr Kwajafa, in an interview with BBC Hausa Service Thursday
program, said SARS was formed when the then military head
of state Muhammadu Buhari ordered the then Inspector-
General of Police, Etim Inyang, to come up with a strategy to
fight rampant armed-robbery incidents in the country.
By Abubakar Ahmadu Maishanu
A retired police officer, Fulani Kwajafa, who championed the
formation of the now-disbanded Special Anti Robbery
Squad (SARS) has said that he regrets creating it.
He also said that the police formation had derailed from
what it was created to do at inception
Mr Kwajafa, in an interview with BBC Hausa Service
Thursday programme, said SARS was formed when the then
military head of state Muhammadu Buhari ordered the then
Inspector-General of Police, Etim Inyang, to come up with a
strategy to fight rampant armed-robbery incidents in the
country.
Mr Inyang served as IGP between 1983 to 1986. He was
preceded in office by Sunday Adewusi while Gambo Jimeta
succeeded him.
How SARS was formed
Mr Kwajafa said there was an upsurge in violent criminal
activities which prompted then military head of state, Mr
Buhari, to direct Mr Inyang and his lieutenants to do
anything to stem the tide of armed robbery incidents in the
country or lose their job.
“The IGP called me that we should do something to save
the country from armed robbery incidents; I accepted the
offer and requested for time and materials. I then mobilised
personnel for the task,” Mr Kwajafa recounted.
”Four months after the formation of SARS in 1984, the unit
flushed out the criminals and there was peace all over
following the successful operation,” he said.
Regrets
The retired police officer said he was disturbed by the
stories he heard about how the disbanded SARS operatives
violated the rights of Nigerians and even killed some of
them.
“The stories I am hearing about the activities of SARS is
damaging; I ruled that even among the SARS there are
armed robbers,” Mr Kwajafa said.
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elements, trouble makers”

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“This is not the SARS we formed in the 80s, I use to be
ashamed that I am the person that created the SARS
because of their activities, had it been I knew such things
will happen, I could not have created the unit, Mr Kwajafa
added.
He said those that knew the activities of initial SARS will
say it’s Mr Kwajafa that formed it.
He said the controversial police unit had derailed from its
official rules of engagement and responsibilities.
Endless #EndSARS protests
There have been several protests across some cities in the
country calling for extensive police reforms, end to police
brutality, extortion, intimidation, harassment, among other
vices, levelled against the Nigeria Police Force.
The protests have created some casualties. The Amnesty
International conservatively put the figure of those who
have died so far, at least as, 10.
In their separate reactions to the ongoing protests, the IGP,
Mohammed Adamu, has disbanded SARS and replaced it
with SWATS while President Muhammadu Buhari has
acceded to the Five-Point Demand of the protesters.
Mr Buhari also promised extensive police reforms but yet to
spell out the details of how the reforms will go and when.
As of the time of filing this report, the protests were still
ongoing.

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