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#EndSARS: Dear SARS, I Am Not a Fraudster Because I Own a Laptop/iPhone.

Is it illegal to own a laptop, an iPhone, or carry a backpack in Nigeria?
https://twitter.com/i_am_nomzy/status/937495908199124993
With the brutality and intimidation meted out on the Nigerian youth by SARS — Special Anti-Robbery Squad — one might be led to believe that it is. These brutalities have given birth to the #EndSARS campaign on Social Media. A campaign that has garnered over 150,000 tweets and 25,000 signatures via the online petition created to further increase awareness and also ensure that the government does something about it.

 
Techies and Non-techies alike are also making use of the hashtag to recount horrifying experiences they had to go through in the hands of SARS:
Check out a few of them below:

 

 

… And if you think this is just a guy thing, think again!

Meanwhile, the Police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, is of the opinion that people calling for the end of SARS may likely be armed robbers.

In his words:

“As we speak, SARS is doing fantastically well across the country in reducing incidents of robbery to the bare minimum… they are doing very, very well. 
There has not been any specific violation of human rights against any SARS personnel. So anybody that is spreading such a rumour is not doing the nation any good. SARS has no excesses and when there is any, we do investigate.
The call for SARS to be scrapped should be condemned by all well-meaning Nigerians. Anybody calling for their proscription is not doing the nation any good and such people should be suspected as having something to hide.”

However, former Vice President had this to say:

… But what does the law say really say? According to the Police Act in Section 29:
 A police officer may detain and search any person whom he reasonably suspects of having in his possession or conveying in any manner anything which he has reason to believe to have been stolen or otherwise unlawfully obtained. However, the search CAN ONLY be performed if a search warrant has been issued, if the police officer doesn’t have one, then the search carried out is an illegal one.

So, dear SARS, we are not fraudsters because we own Smartphones, use a MacBook, or drive a car in our 20s, some of us are Bloggers, Developers, Computer Engineers, Graphic Designers, Freelancers, Digital Marketers, to name a few!
Enough is enough!

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11 comments on “#EndSARS: Dear SARS, I Am Not a Fraudster Because I Own a Laptop/iPhone.

  1. George Jinn says:

    #EndSARS is a serious matter. People like Jimoh Moshood and Yomi Shogunle give the Nigerian Police a bad name. They both know what people are talking about; people have beign illegelly detained, extorted, harrassed and even killed. Have witnessed it and i strongly feel our leaders have ignored the Police for far too long the FG, Senate and House needs to work on reforming our Police force to make it more professional and effective.

  2. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

    … WELL, THE #ENDSARS CAMPAIGN AT BEST CAN ONLY MAKE SARS OFFICERS TO BE CALLED TO ORDER AND PROBABLY MONITORED. WHAT THE POLICE IS DOING IS SIMILAR TOO. I’VE ALSO BEEN A VICTIM OF THE MESSY CONDUCT. BUT WE CAN’T PUT AN END TO AN ANTI ROBBERY UNIT OF THE POLICE BECAUSE OF THIS. MEANWHILE, WITH OUR TECH GADGETS, WE CAN END THEIR PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCTS…

  3. Kachi Ojieh says:

    It’s terrible IF this is what many Nigerians are facing. Sometimes, people are moved to believe that there is no law in the country because of this kind of harassment. I think the Authorities should look into it RATHER THAN being quick in discarding the accusations.
    Let’s Just see how the #EndSARS saga goes.

  4. pwilliams says:

    Yes enough is enough

  5. Zean says:

    It’s really a rubbish and messed up country, with no rule of law, anything goes. Upon all the ugly statements from people, nothing will still be done. Seriously Nigeria is just a waste of space, should have been as a part of Atlantic ocean or a desert.

  6. hassan says:

    Fine with #ENDSARS out of our streets the rate crimes and criminal activities will increase so they should be a orientation for them and also enlighten them on how to approach the civilians in an orderly manner for the reason they are in the job is to protect the civilians and ensure peace and stability in our society and not intimidating people.love to get more usefull information from you as this has really helped me alot.thanks

  7. Hussaini says:

    Scrapping is not a solution but restructuring of the programme will be better, because once it is scrapping, armed robber will resume duty Fully

  8. Fhëm says:

    You need to witness wat dey do evryday in ogbomoso/ilorin

  9. Emerson says:

    As much as I’ve heard tales, I’m happy they’re not as active in Enugu, but we do have the anti-cult they arrest u whether you’re holding only the case of an iPhone or if they find you with multiple Sim Cards. #EndSARS is not the answer, the answer is to give them proper orientation and make them understand the civilians also have their rights.

  10. KingAbsolute says:

    I’m fully in on the #EndSARS campaign.
    We want them out, I’ve not seen any crime SARS solved, only unlawfully arresting people because they want to exploit money from you.
    Many has lost their lives due to these notorious system. We’re safer with robbers than with SARS at the moment.

  11. Edu says:

    The #EndSARS campaign may just be a little over board all they need is a change of authority or a little reconstructing

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