Desmond Elliot, Nollywood actor and politician, has supported calls for the dismissing the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Nigeria.
The legislature, who is representing Surulere constituency in the Lagos state house of assembly, delivered this speech on Friday while addressing his fellow lawmakers inside the complex in Ikeja.
“It has gone beyond having hotlines or doing reforms. As the Deputy Speaker rightly said, we really need to look into it,” he said.
“The IG of police seriously must consider. Nigeria Police are working for the people. If the (SARS) unit is working for the people and the people are calling for it to be disbanded, then let us do what they are saying.”
Elliot, who in recent time came under criticism for endorsing godfatherism in the country’s political space, also condemned the impropriety of some SARS operatives who arrest people just because of their appearance.
The lawmaker said even though there are still some bad people in the society, it is incongruous for citizens to be arrested as a result of their looks.
“The truth is, you can’t just arrest people on the road because of the hair they wear. That is not to say that we do not have bad people but because of the lack of training on how to deal civilly with people, we now come to have what SARS is today,” he said.
“So, I am in alignment with the prayers of the deputy speaker and I feel that we should do that expeditiously.”
Some #EndSARS protesters led by Mr Macaroni, a Nigerian comedian, stormed the turf of the state assembly on Thursday to demand that the parliamentarians facilitate laws that would end the continuous brutality of youths by the police outfit.
Due to this, Mudashiru Obasa, speaker of the Lagos state house of assembly, had called for an emergency meeting of the assembly to address the widespread outcry.