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Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by StagethemTVee: 6:28am On Oct 10
'They shouted at me’ — Lagos deputy gov narrates how he was harassed by SARS


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtpLhI3haVs

Obafemi Hamzat, deputy governor of Lagos state, says he suffered harassment from special anti- robbery squad (SARS) officers four years ago.

Speaking while addressing #EndSARS protesters at Alausa, Ikeja, on Friday, Hamzat narrated how SARS operatives harassed him in the Amuwo-Odofin area of the state.

The protesters are demanding that the authorities disband SARS, a special unit of the police force that has been accused of excesses, mainly regarding youths.

The deputy governor, who appealed to the protesters to be orderly, said the action of some SARS operatives is enough to upset any citizen.

“Every decent Nigerian will be upset. This happened to me four years ago. I was going to Amuwo Odofin…they (SARS operatives) were not in uniform, they had guns, they just double crossed us and said we should get out,” Hamzat told the protesters.

The deputy governor said the state government would continue to engage the police leadership and the federal government to address the issues raised by the citizens and bring about needed change in the police operations.

“The tenet of the police operation is to protect the citizens. Security operatives don’t have the right to trample on the rights of law-abiding citizens, because of their unfamiliar looks, or because they are carrying laptops or iPhones. It is wrong for any police officer to expressly accuse or pronounce someone, irrespective of age, guilty because they have dreads or ride luxury vehicles,” he said.

“As a government, we support evidence-based investigations and actions driven by intelligence. The procedure of arrest and prosecution must be followed through. We are equally aggrieved like every other law-abiding Nigerian. If a young man or woman who is legitimately doing his or her job is attacked or maimed by police officers for no reason, we will never support that. We condemn police brutality in whatever guise and we will continue to engage their leadership for change.”

Hamzat said it would be counterproductive to pull down the entire operation of the police because of the infractions committed by a few bad eggs in the system.

He added that there were processes to be followed in calling for change in its operations.

“We fully understand the reasons for your anger but this demonstration must also carried out in line with the law. If we employ violence or destruction to drive home our grievances, we will also be hurting ourselves. The protest must be orderly, so that those concerned will get the salient point of the message.

“You can’t block the road, disrupt free flow of traffic and prevent other people from embarking on their lawful duties, especially the emergency responders. As citizens, it is within your rights to express your grievances but let us exercise caution and eschew violence. The authorities have heard your voice and I hope we all leave the roads with the understanding that drastic changes will be effected.”

https://www.thecable.ng/they-shouted-at-me-lagos-deputy-gov-narrates-how-he-was-harassed-by-sars

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Re: Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by SpecTTraP: 6:32am On Oct 10
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Re: Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by GOFRONT(m): 6:45am On Oct 10
Na waoo
Re: Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by uniqueboi1(m): 7:05am On Oct 10
The outfit is beyond notorious.

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Re: Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by AfroMighty(m): 7:36am On Oct 10
Ex convicts as security agent while thousands of graduate are there roaming the street with no job.

Had a been grace smiled on Evans, he can apply to be a SARs officer once he finish serving his sentence. Imagine a man who make millions from kidnapping and robbery to be paid #47,000 at the end of the month, he will surely be an officer by the day and a kidnapper by night.
The way things work in this nation needs to be re checked.

GOOD MORNING

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Re: Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by hisgrace090: 7:45am On Oct 10
AfroMighty:
Ex convicts as security agent while thousands of graduate are there roaming the street with no job.

Had a been grace smiled on Evans, he can apply to be SARs officer once he finish serving his sentence. Imagine a man who make millions from kidnapping and robbery to be paid #47,000 at the end of the month, he will surely be an officer by the day and a kidnapper by night.
The way things work in this nation needs to be re checked.

GOOD MORNING


An irony?

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Re: Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by StagethemTVee: 8:39am On Oct 10
While we are asking for SARS to be scrapped, we should also be suggesting alternatives to armed robbery menace. This has to a be a balanced discussion since many people are against its reforms. This campaign is very similar to what happened in the US when protesters were asking the police be defunded. When you defund the police, how will they perform their duties of protecting the citizens?

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Re: Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by sylarada(f): 8:39am On Oct 10
#BBNaija don finish...#EndSARS comes next cheesy

I want to see how #MIL (Made in Lagos by Wizkid) will trend against the current everyday #EndSARS hashtag...LoL

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Re: Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by tolumizzy(m): 8:40am On Oct 10
Real man.... Thank God he is not the lying type

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Re: Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by Slawormir: 8:40am On Oct 10
Damnnnnn niggarrr
No body way SARS never harras

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Re: Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by QuickStandard: 8:40am On Oct 10
Even if the IGP dresses in mufti, the Nigerian police will harass him unknowingly.


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Re: Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by DEHVEHLOP(m): 8:40am On Oct 10
I don’t know why we need all these policemen in our society.


Bank robbery, they are not capable..


Highway robbery, they run away with their guns..


Bandit attacks on communities, na!



Call them you are being attacked at home, they tell you no fuel in their vehicle or the officer holding the key to Arsenal is not around...



Kidnapping, na the police them go first yamutu..



Imagine a whole divisional headquarters in a popular town in kwara was attacked and all policemen on duty were killed! And the robbers had a good day robbing 5 banks without any hitch!



I think government should stop wasting funds on this organization and simply direct each ethnics or community to protect themselves. Yes! IT WILL WORK!

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Re: Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by classicfrank4u(m): 8:40am On Oct 10
Almost every Nigerian especially in the south has had an encounter with those beasts on uniform

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Re: Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by RomanianNinja: 8:40am On Oct 10
All we are saying is #EndSARS

No idiot should quote me saying a reform is better else every member of your family will be victims of SARS brutality

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Re: Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by Hndrrxxx(m): 8:40am On Oct 10
Is Lagos State really an APC state?? shocked shocked shocked

Chaii
E dn red fr APC iswr

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Re: Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by dalass(f): 8:40am On Oct 10
grin
Re: Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by bishop4life(m): 8:41am On Oct 10
So almost all of us have had our own share of this SARS brutality ?

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Re: Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by sammy7410(m): 8:41am On Oct 10
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Re: Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by seanwilliam(m): 8:41am On Oct 10
I believe there will be positive change this time around
Re: Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by mayklef(m): 8:41am On Oct 10
if them fit double cross potential Deputy Governor, My Brother My Sister Who are u EndSARS#

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Re: Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by Nelly4you: 8:41am On Oct 10
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Re: Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by ezenwajosh(m): 8:41am On Oct 10
grin scripts

No one harassed him

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Re: Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by whytediamond(m): 8:42am On Oct 10
True change is coming... I can smell it. It may take many years, but I tell you guys... TRUE CHANGE IS HERE.

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Re: Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by Kendumazy(m): 8:42am On Oct 10
Nice protest. The elites are now speaking up too. We are all looking forward to the government doing the needful.

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Re: Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by Hambivert: 8:42am On Oct 10
Sir, sparogatively, the only thing they did to you was double cross you and order you to get out¿

undecided

I was double crossed, ordered to come down, pulled, dragged, almost stripped, because they were looking for 'tattoo', and also told to produce a non-existent second phone.

I just knew you don't claim to know your 'rights' with these 'sect'... If not I for chop slap dat day or maybe gun!

May God continue to protect us all!

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Re: Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by Saheed9: 8:42am On Oct 10
Is this
Re: Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by OyinO: 8:42am On Oct 10
So we still have Politicians like this in Nigeria? Wow!
Re: Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by Cholls(m): 8:42am On Oct 10
my brother abeg no use this one distract citizens from alpha beta scandals

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Re: Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by Sterope(f): 8:43am On Oct 10
Liar!

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Re: Obafemi Hamzat Shares How SARS Harassed Him by SimplyFacts: 8:43am On Oct 10
I stand with Reform_SARS angry

Most SARS operatives are cultists/drug addicts tongue

Meanwhile,,
If you know you can't train your children well, kindly control your child bearing. We already have more than enough thugs/devilish pikins abeg. The future of this nation no be here o lipsrsealed

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