Peter Obi, a former Peoples Democratic Get together, PDP, Vice Presidential candidate, on Sunday denied utilizing operatives of the Particular Anti-Theft Squad, SARS, to harass folks of Anambra State whereas we was governor.
Obi defined that he solely supported SARS operatives with operational autos and logistics however by no means armed them to harass residents.
The previous Vice Presidential candidate issued the reason in a collection of tweets whereas responding to allegation that he armed SARS operatives to harass folks of Anambra State.
In response to Obi: “Expensive @AbdulMahmud01, as Governor, I used to be not constitutionally empowered to arm SARS or any unit of the Nigeria Police Power or the Military. So, we by no means purchased arms and ammunition for them as a result of we weren’t legally empowered to take action.
“We solely supported them every so often with operational autos and different logistics.
“Due to this fact, I by no means armed SARS all through my eight years as Anambra Gov. I solely labored with the safety companies, that are all Federal institutions.
“I used to be by no means concerned in posting of safety brokers to Anambra State all through my keep in workplace. I labored with those that had been posted via the Commissioner of Police or heads of different companies.
“These heading the safety companies supervised their brokers. I solely needed the State and her residents to be secured. I by no means requested anybody to cope with any citizen outdoors of the legislation.
“When the Ezu River concern got here up, I needed to reduce quick my international journey, returned residence and did the needful, together with directives that post-mortem be carried out as a part of a full investigation.
“Until date, I can attest, and those that know me very nicely can corroborate that I’ve by no means used any privileged place I held which I take into account is by the Grace of God Almighty for mistaken causes.
“Certainly SARS was not set as much as harass, intimidate, extort, maim or kill residents. It’s time to evaluation its actions and put a cease to the excesses now related to it.”
SARS, previously few days has come below hearth as a consequence of their unconstitutional duties of killing and harassing harmless Nigerians.