Lauretta Onochie, Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on New Media, says the ‘#ENDSARS’ campaign; a movement against the brutality, unlawful persecution and extrajudicial killings of unsuspecting Nigerians by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), is a coordinated attack by cybercriminals, commonly called ‘yahoo yahoo boys’.
Onochie made this comments in a series of tweets on Sunday, noting that the campaign against the special police squad is now being joined by truly innocent Nigerians.
She said citizens must support national institutions while improving their effectiveness, adding that such action is a demonstration of patriotism to the nation.
“I have no doubt that there are some staff of SARS who are unprofessional in their dealings with d public, same way we have unprofessionalism in the army, police, customs, civil service, public service, traders, lawyers, doctors, journalists, teachers, pastors, etc,” the Presidential Aide wrote.
“But what is going on now is a coordinated attack by cyber criminals joined by unsuspecting innocent citizens.
“This is not the first time. We must stand by our national institutions while working to improve their effectiveness. Thats what patriotism is about. No sentiments.”
Onochie comments followed uproar by many against the menace caused by the SARS operatives and the eventual ban of the personnel from carrying out patrol, stop-and-search, among others by Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector-General of Police on Sunday.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had backed the ban by the IGP, stating that it was a good first step.
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