Former Inspector General of Police, Sir Mike Okiro says “SARS had since deviated from its primary responsibility, and I’m really saddened by this turn of event as one of the founding Commanders of SARS.
Speaking with People’s security Monitor crew in his house, he said “In our days SARS was more effective and ethically compliant so much that it chased out virtually all the armed robbers in Lagos including the most notorious Shinarambo, the deviant ones among them were properly dealt with.
“We subjected all men of SARS to rigourious training to the extent that we had to take them to the Nigerian army barracks at Alamala, Abeokuta to be trained by soldiers, so from the beginning they had been trained to face all the weathers and circumstances.
“But, I’m pained that all these productive anti robbery measures applied during our days had been thrown to the wind.”
“There was a day I ran into SARS men who were in mufti attires with their guns, and this infuriated me so much that I had to call the then Inspector General of Police to call his boys to order, because how does one differentiate between armed robbers and genuine SARS men if not by way of kitting appropriately for proper identification.
“But in all of these the reality of the matter is that we still need to protect our country, and it is the constitutional responsibility of the police to protect lives and properties, we cannot surrender our country to criminals because of the misbehaviour of men of SARS.
“Thank God the IG has yielded to people’s calls to disband SARS, and I’m pretty sure he’s already working on a more better method to combat armed robbery incidents across the country. It’s just inevitable that protection of lives and properties is so cardinal to the police, even the protesters must be protected by the same police they complain about. Let me use this opportunity to call for understanding of all Nigerians, and I’m sure the police authority is working round the clock to effect all the changes desirable for the people and Nigeria in general.”