Nigerians on social media have reacted to the order by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, directing the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to overhaul the management and activities of SARS with immediate effect.
The news has it that Osinbajo, in a statement by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, said that any unit to emerge from the process, must be intelligence-driven, restricted to the prevention and detection of armed robbery, kidnapping, and apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences.
The order followed complaints from Nigerians, accusing SARS officers of several misconducts ranging from harassment, extortion, assault to extra-judicial killings.
In their reactions to the directive, some Nigerians applauded Osinbanjo for the order, while others accused the Buhari-led government of acting towards next year’s election to get votes from the youth.
Below are some reactions gathered from Twitter:
Osascruz, ”As Acting President, first the sacked the DSS Boss for the invasion of National Assembly. Now ordered for the overhaul of SARS with immediate effect. 2weeks, 2 Great Actions.”
@YemieFASH, ”We should all commend Acting President @ProfOsinbajo on this one. He has given a Presidential Directive for the overhaul of SARS.”
@CACCOT1, ”He ordered the sack of DSS boss last week (Lawal Daura), he ordered the overhaul of SARS this week. He was able to achieve this feat because his boss went for 10 days holiday! May you not journey with people who will rubbish your intelligence because of money, fame or power.”