Abuja, 14 October, 2020 / 7:31 pm (ACI Africa).
Christian leaders in Nigeria have welcomed the decision of the country’s government to disband the controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), whose members have been accused of committing various atrocities.
In their collective statement obtained by ACI Africa, the members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) however protest the decision to redeploy SARS officers to other security organs in the West African nation.
“CAN appreciates the prompt and positive responses of the Federal Government in disbanding SARS. It is unprecedented in recent history of our country and it is praiseworthy. This is what democracy is all about,” the representatives of Christian leaders in Nigeria say.
In their October 13 statement signed by CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, the leaders however add, “CAN is not happy with the automatic (redeployment) of the officers and men of the disbanded unit to other units without sanctioning the bad eggs among them.”
As a way forward, the representatives of Christian leaders in Africa’s most populous nation call for a judicial investigation into the disbanded entity “with a view to bringing the culprits to book so that such bad eggs might not be allowed to corrupt other units or continue with their old habit of lawlessness.”