The Personal Assistant to the President on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie has said the protests against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad were coordinated by internet fraudsters. This is coming after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has expressed his displeasure over the illegal killings by FSARS. Calling them discouraging, Osinbajo said:
“The President and I have had discussions on this. He is very concerned about it. He wants to see reform.
“I am very concerned, in fact, very angry about what I see happening to young men and women who are arrested and in some cases maimed or killed
by men of the police force.
“The arrest, maiming or killing of young people or anyone at all, is completely wrong. It is unlawful and illegal, and anyone involved in this act, ought to be investigated and prosecuted.”
However, Lauretta Onochie said in several tweets that while there are a few bad eggs in the police, internet fraudsters are the ones who orchestrated the protests against FSARS.
She tweeted, “I have no doubt that there are some staff of SARS who are unprofessional in their dealings with the public the same way we have unprofessionalism in the army, mainstream police, customs, civil service, public service, traders, doctors, lawyers, journalists, teachers, pastors, etc.
“But what is going on now is a coordinated attack by cybercriminals joined by unsuspecting innocent citizens. This is not the first time. We must stand by our national institutions while working to improve their effectiveness. That is not what patriotism is about. No sentiments.”