By, Nkechi Uzonna, Port Harcourt
Thousands of Rivers people under the platform of the Grassroots Development Initiative yesterday, took to the streets to protest the killings, kidnappings and electoral fraud perpetrated by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the state.
The protesters marched through the streets of Port Harcourt before terminating at the PDP headquarters where statements were made by leaders.
The protesters sang anti-SARS songs and displayed placards condemning SARS personnel for their devilish acts of lawlessness.
They also demanded for immediate sack and prosecution of the Rivers SARS commander, Akin Fakorede.
Some of the placards read: “Sack Akin Fakorede now”, Stop killings by SARS”, President Buhari call SARS to order”, End the killings by SARS ” and “End SARS brutality Now”
President-General of Grassroots Development Initiative, GDI, Bright Amaehwule, berated SARS for turning themselves into political criminals used by the All Progressive Congress (APC) to perpetrate crime against Nigerians.
He said that the pro-SARS rally in Port Harcourt by the APC yesterday, confirmed that the brutality of SARS in the state was sponsored by the APC.
Amaehwule called for the immediate sack and prosecution of Fakorede who was allegedly captured on tape committing electoral fraud. He said Fakorede and his operatives must be held to account for their crimes against Rivers people.
He particularly lamented the three Ogoni youths allegedly killed by SARS operatives because they stopped the operatives from engaging in pipeline vandalism.
In his remarks, the Publicity Secretary of Rivers PDP, Mr. Samuel Nwanosike, regretted that the Police High Command allowed SARS to degenerate into a deadly criminal gang.
He pointed out that SARS has become a security agency used by APC to terrorise Rivers people and steal their mandate.
While re-affirming the call for the sack and prosecution of Commander, Nwanosike said Rivers people would never be intimidated by the group.
He said: “SARS as presently constituted is no longer a security outfit. It has been turned against the people, hence Nigerians from all walks of life want the outfit disbanded.
“In Rivers State, we demand the sack and prosecution of the Rivers SARS commander, Akin Fakorede. He has committed crimes against our people. We will continue to resist the impunity of SARS. Rivers people will never be intimidated by a gang of criminals “.
Former Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Mr Collins Onunwo, said the people will not allow the use of SARS for the rigging of the 2019 election.
It would be recalled that State Governor, Nyesom Wike, drew the attention of Nigerians to the crimes being perpetrated by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
Governor Wike had requested the immediate transfer and prosecution of the Rivers SARS commander. He also called for independent investigation of the activities of SARS in Rivers State.
In response to the Inspector General of Police claim that he will reform SARS, Governor Wike advised Nigerians not to be deceived because the Police High Command has concluded plans to use SARS to rig election in 2019.