(By Chris K. Amadi) The waves of crimes and criminality in Rivers State, including armed robbery and kidnapping have been traced to some operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a department led by Mr Akin Fakorede, allegedly planted to sabotage the security architecture of the state and create an atmosphere of fear.
Speaking with newsmen, Wednesday in Port Harcourt, Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike said: “Most of the kidnapping and armed robbery taking place in this state are done by men of SARS. They use exhibit vehicles to operate”, even as he added that each time he, as the Chief Security Officer of the state complains, nothing is done because of political considerations.
The governor further disclosed how the Rivers State Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) Commander, Mr Akin Fakorede and his operatives have been indicted by an official Police Signal, which indicated that they are responsible for the series of kidnapping and deadly robbery across the state.
He said that criminal activities of Mr Fakorede were uncovered by the Inspector General of Police X Squad Abuja deployed to the state after the squad busted the attempted kidnap of one Mr Azumana Ifeanyi on September 11, 2017 at the GRA, Port Harcourt.
The Official Police Signal with the title: “Police Wireless Message ” and Reference Number DT0: 121030/09/2017 —INGENPOL-X-FHQ ABUJA TO-INGENPOL SEC ABUJA, noted that the squad received a distress call on the kidnap of Mr Ifeanyi and immediately swung into action. According to the signal, they met the three SARS operatives robbing and a gun duel ensued. The operatives had taken Mr Ifeanyi to a Fidelity Bank ATM where they compelled him to withdraw N500,000 as ransom.
One of the SARS Operatives was killed, while Inspector Justice Nyeche who led the IGP team was injured.
Governor Wike said: “Most of the kidnapping and armed robbery taking place in this state are done by men of SARS. They use exhibit vehicles to operate. As the Chief Security Officer of the state, you complain, but they choose to play politics with crime.
Governor Wike regretted that his administration has invested more than any other in security logistics, yet the Police work against the state.