Fresh reports which surfaced has revealed that no fewer than 32 men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, have been arrested and detained.
According to TheCable, a source close to the case revealed that the officers, mostly from aroung Lagos State and environs were moved to Abuja from different state commands during the weekend.
The source added: “The suspects, who are all male, are now being held at various detention cells of the Federal SARS at Guzape District Abuja.”
Speaking further in the wake of the social media chant to #EndSARS and various peaceful protests held nationwide, the source added: “Since their arrival in Abuja, their family members and lawyers have not been allowed to see them based on an order from above.”
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, was also reported to have ordered the arrests which was carried out by a team of top police investigators.
News source reports that the arrested men are being investigated for several offenses bordering on extortion, robbery, rape, amomg others.
The source added: “Their immediate orderly room trial and punitive measures will also become part of the ongoing moves to stem the tide of alleged impunity being campaigned against the police institution.
“At a recent meeting with the police management team, the IGP decided to apply prompt punishment for any SARS officer found wanting, here in Abuja instead of their commands where such cases are not properly handled.”
The force public relations officer, Jimoh Moshood, in reaction to the report confirmed the arrest as he said: “I am aware of their investigation but I don’t know the number of people involved.
“The nature of the investigation is such that if possible, the persons involved would be arrested.”