Many Nigerians on Saturday expressed anger over the activities of men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigerian police, calling for the unit to be proscribed.
The #EndSars hashtag was the number one trend on social media app, Twitter for several hours, bringing back to the fore calls for the proper handling of rogue, high-handed police officials.
Saturday’s outrage appeared to have been triggered by a post from a Twitter user who said he recorded SARS officials shooting “a young boy dead at Ughelli, Delta state in front of Wetland hotels. They left him for dead on the roadside and drove away with the deceased Lexus jeep.”
It is yet unclear what actually took place in Delta, but a video on social media shows men chasing a police vehicle.
When contacted, Commissioner of Police in Delta State, Hafiz Inuwa, told Channels Television that his men did not shoot anyone.
“What happened was that they were on patrol when they saw a Lexus jeep parked by the roadside,” he said. “Immediately, the Lexus jeep saw the patrol jeep, they just zoomed off.”
The police gave chase, caught up with the Lexus, and occupied it, Inuwa said. However, one of the suspects tried to jump out of the moving vehicle and, in the process, sustained injuries. “He is still alive and in hospital,” the Commissioner said.
Meanwhile, another Twitter user said members of SARS in Bayelsa arrested her cousin who had just stepped out to have a hair cut.
The 19-year-old was arrested after the officials found a picture of a white woman on his phone, the Twitter user, using the handle GloryBaee, said.