#EndSARSBrutality: Gospel Singer Nathaniel Bassey Shares His Experience
Gospel music minister, Nathaniel Bassey has recounted his experience with the police as he lends his voice against the ongoing campaign against police brutality and the total shutdown of SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) an arm of the Nigerian Police Force.
Below is the experience as shared by the veteran music minister.
I lived in Surulere Lagos years ago. And one of those days, I went to get some money. It was about 2 or so bundles of 500 naira notes. I was on a bike when I was stopped by some policemen.
Immediately one of them noticed the cash on me, he beckoned on his OIC, as if to say “Oga? we have a big fish”, they immediately ended their stop and search & whisked me into their danfo bus. They drove away, and kept going into very quiet streets. Well, thank God it wasn’t at night. They took my phone, and then asked for the money. I then pleaded to at least alert my family to let them know where I was. Guess what the leader said to me? “How are you even sure you would see them again..?” You can imagine how I felt hearing that.
Anyway, by divine providence they let me down after taking some of the cash.
I don’t want to imagine what may have happened if it was at night, or that I had some forex in large quantity. Perhaps they thought people had seen them take me away, and in the event of any further sinister act, may have been traced. Or just a case of God’s mercy and grace speaking for me.
The then commissioner of police tried to identify that team after we made a formal report, but couldn’t.
I’m one of the very fortunate ones to escape such. Some may not have been that fortunate. And that’s why we must REFORM OUR POLICE. Beyond ending SARS, we must demand a total overhaul of the system. They can end SARS and then maybe call it another name eg, TARS, tactical armed robbers squad. But If the agents involved are not transformed, things would only get worse.
We must go down to the very root to fix this issue. Including those of their welfare. We can’t afford these tears anymore.
That said, we know there are good eggs in the force. Those should be identified, encouraged and made to spear head change.
But as it is now, things can’t remain like this. I SAY NO TO POLICE BRUTALITY, AND ADVOCATE THE REFORM OUR POLICE FORCE. GOD BLESS OUR POLICE FORCE AND GOD BLESS NIGERIA.