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End SARS protest continues in Aba

As youth body calls for retraining of policemen

Thousands of youths participating in the current #EndSARSNow protest, which led to last Sunday’s disbandment of the police special anti-robbery squad, otherwise known as SARS, today took to the streets of Aba, the commercial nerve centre of Abia State, chanting slogans and carrying banners and placards in support of the ban.

Waving placards with such inscriptions as “End SARS Now”, “We Say No To Police Brutality”, among others, held up traffic as motorists queued behind them, hailing as they progressed.

The protest in Aba came against the backdrop of the call by leaders of youth associations in the South East geopolitical zone of the country, called on the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Adamu Abubakar, to urgently embark on training and retraining of officers and men of the force to bring them in line with realities of present day policing.

In a statement under the aegis of Coalition of Southeast Youth Leaders (COSYL), the youth leaders said while it commended the IGP for disbanding the dreaded squad some of whose members deviated from their operational calling to commit heinous crimes against the citizens of the country with many of their victims dead, it was time to re-focus the police force and make it a more responsible organization maintained with tax payers’ money.

The protesting youths who would not speak to journalists, vowed to continue with their march until those erring officers of SARS who participated in killings and extortion of innocent Nigerians were arraigned in court and prosecuted.

There was no police presence as the youths marched through Aba-Owerri Road, Asa Road, Azikiwe Road among other major streets without harassment.

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