By Godwin Anene
Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has asked the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, to urgently reform or dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) following the alleged gruesome murder of Daniel Chibuike, aka Sleek in Port Harcourt.
Sleep, a musician, was alleged to have been shot dead by a SARS operative in the Elelenwo area of Port Harcourt on Saturday.
The incident on Monday sparked wave of protests by angry youths who are demanding justice for the slain musician.
It was gathered that Daniel and his friend, simply identified as Reuben, were waiting outside a hotel for the driver of a car-hailing company to convey them to a destination in the state when they suddenly sighted men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad advancing in their direction.
Out of fear of being arrested, it was learnt that Daniel and Reuben took to their heels but in a bid to apprehend them, the SARS operatives labelled the duo as thieves.
Daniel and Reuben, while fleeing from the policemen, reportedly passed through De Topic Supermarket, where a riot policeman allegedly shot the 20-year-old musician.
The bullet penetrated Daniel’s body and he fell to the ground close to the supermarket and was in a pool of his own blood.
But reacting to the development, Governor Wike described the killing as unacceptable.
The governor, who reacted through his Twitter handle, said “The brutal killing of a young vibrant man in Port Harcourt by men of the SARS unit of @PoliceNG is unacceptable, we have and will continue to clamor for the reformation or outright dissolution of SARS because they have become a menace to the society. #EndSARS.”