Four armed robbery suspects parading themselves as operatives of the dreaded Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, were on Sunday shot dead by the police in Rivers State.
The killing of the four suspects is coming on the heels of allegations in some quarters in Rivers state that some criminals were now impersonating operatives of SARS in order to give the unit a bad name to justify its scrapping.
An eye witness, Chris Okah who lives in Port Harcourt posted a story in his facebook page that:‘Four man robbery gang parading as F-SARS operatives met their end today in Ogbogoro community in Obio/Akpor LGA, Rivers State’’.
The state government had through the Obio-Akpor local government issued quit notice to SARS to vacate its command base by November 30, 2017.
The Commander of SARS in Rivers state, CSP Akin Fakorede, replied that the unit would not vacate the command base because the unit was not within the premises of Obio-Akpor local government area.
The state Attorney-General and commissioner for Justice, Emmanuel Aguma, SAN, had defended the quit notice asserting that the land rightfully belonged to the council and at the appropriate time, SARS will vacate the area.