Former Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Fatai Owoseni, has laid the blame of the misbehavior of officers of Special Anti-Robbery Squads, SARs at the doorstep of the police authorities.
The inhuman treatment of youths, particularly internet fraudsters otherwise known as Yahoo Boys by SARs officers have come under intense attack with a call for the ban of the security unit and ongoing nationwide protest branded EndSARs.
Owoseni, a Retired Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in an interview, said the default setting of the force was to reward officers who did not play by the rules with violence intent.
“The leadership of the police should be held responsible for their lack of supervision. The leadership must also take those officers accountable for that. “The Force leadership over compensates violence; officers that do extra-judicial killings, those are the ones that even the press and the public celebrate.
“Once you do that, the young officer would think the best way to grow in the institution is to kill people and get promotion. We must stop that. “All those units created have extant rules that they work with. The regulations are there. You cannot serve in SARS or Criminal Investigation Department, CID, if you have not served up to three years.
“But now, new boys are drafted into these units with violence intents, compensated and called super power cops. There must be procedures based on professional knowledge,” Owoseni, who spent 35 years in service said.