Buhari’s Aide Says Cyber Criminals, Unsuspecting Citizens Are Behind #EndSARS Campaign

Lauretta Onochie SARS OnoBello

Lauretta Onochie, the Personal Assistant to the President on Social Media, has insinuated that protests against the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) were coordinated by internet fraudsters.

This is despite a complaint by the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, that the extrajudicial killings by SARS were disheartening.

“The President and I have had discussions on this. He is very concerned about it. He wants to see reform,” Osinbajo had said during a meeting with the Inspector-General of Police. “I am very concerned, in fact, very angry about what I see happening to young men and women who are arrested — in some cases maimed or killed by men of the police force.”

He added, “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, Onochie said in a series of tweets that while there were a few bad eggs in the police, the protests against SARS were orchestrated by Internet fraudsters.

“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,” she wrote.

“But what is going on now is a coordinated attack by cyber criminals 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.”

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