There are strong indications that no less than 32 operatives of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) are currently in detention, in the wake of a just held rally that seeks the end of the police unit.
TheCable quoted a source as saying that the arrested officers were moved to Abuja from different state commands during the weekend.
The source was quoted as saying that “The suspects, who are all male, are now being held at various detention cells of the Federal SARS at Guzape District Abuja.”
“Since their arrival in Abuja, their family members and lawyers have not been allowed to see them based on an order from above.”
It was gathered that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, who was said to be responsible for their arrests, has assembled a team of top police investigators to look into their cases.
It was also learnt that the arrested officers are being investigated for cases ranging from extortion, robbery, rape, amomg others.
The source said Lagos command has the highest number of suspects, next to the federal capital territory (FCT).
“Their immediate orderly room trial and punitive measures will also become part of the ongoing moves to stem the tide of alleged impunity being campaigned against the police institution,” the source said.
“At a recent meeting with the police management team, the IGP decided to apply prompt punishment for any SARS officer found wanting, here in Abuja instead of their commands where such cases are not properly handled.”
The news of their arrest is coming barely a few days after Nigerians trooped out nationwide to protest the alleged brutality, intimidation, extortion and killings of innocent citizens by the police unit and called for its immediate scrapping.
The rally, which was held on Monday, was also reeked of drama as indications emerged that the police allegedly hijacked the rally with the hashtag #SupportSARS.