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EVERYTHING possible must be done to avoid bringing politics into #ENDSARS, the campaign by some social activists to have the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, of the Nigeria Police scrapped. The campaign, which took off in the social media made a worrisome landfall in the streets of some cities such as Abuja, Awka in Anambra, and Port Harcourt in Rivers State at the beginning of last week. In Abuja and Port Harcourt in particular, some groups also came out in support of the retention of the Squad created to confront violent crimes, but which protesters and many members of the public accuse of corruption, extortion, extra-judicial killings, robberies and torture of citizens. In fact, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, in September this year shocked Nigerians when he accused some SARS operatives of involvement in kidnapping in the State. He also alleged that the Squad was being positioned to rig elections in 2019. It was probably as a result of this that in Rivers State the #ENDSARS protests were championed by a pro-Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, group, the Grassroots Development Initiative, GDI, which called for the sack and prosecution of the SARS Commander in the state, Akin Fakorede. Their action was countermanded by a pro-All Progressives Congress, APC, group, the Free Rivers Development Initiative, FRDI, which insisted that SARS must stay.
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