Chukwudi Akasike and Friday Amobi, Port Harcourt

THOUSANDS of the All Progressives Congress supporters in Rivers State on Monday embarked on a pro-Special Anti-Robbery Squad rally to drive home their call on the Federal Government not to contemplate scrapping the unit of the Nigeria Police.

The APC supporters, who marched from Polo Club, GRA, in Port Harcourt to the State Police Command on Moscow road, explained that rather than scrap SARS, more personnel of the anti-robbery unit should be posted to Rivers State.

This is as the supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state carried out what appeared to be a counter-rally, which called for the scrapping of SARS.

In the early part of the rally by the APC supporters, which began before 9am, placards and banners with various pro-SARS inscriptions were freely displayed to drive home their message.

Some of the placards read, ‘Without SARS, criminals will cripple Rivers’, ‘One man, One SARS’, ‘We say no to #END SARS’, ‘SARS not our enemies; criminals are our enemies’, and ‘We stand with IGP Idris on SARS reform’, among others.

Speaking during the APC rally, a former governorship candidate, Prince Tonye Princewill, said the State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, was calling for the scrapping of SARS and removal of the head of the anti-robbery unit in the state, Mr. Akin Fakorede, because he (Fakorede failed to compromise.

“Wike had a former CSO who worked for him; and then, he did not call for the scrapping of SARS. He (Wike) wants SARS out because they are not working for him. We are here today to support the reformation of the body as directed by the Inspector General of Police.

“But SARS must not be scrapped. We know that there is always the issue of bad eggs among the good ones. So, the police should always investigate every complaint. But SARS must stay.”

In his remark, another chieftain of the APC, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, observed a reduction in cases of kidnapping and beheading in the state, even as he expressed gratitude to the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Ahmed Zaki, for fighting crime to a standstill.

“Before now, by 7pm, people have retired back to their homes because of criminals. Today, the tide has been stemmed. Those who are calling for SARS to be removed are those behind the criminal activities. The people of Rivers State are behind you,” Lulu-Briggs told the police commissioner.

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