MEMBERS of the supposedly disbanded Special Anti Robbery Squad are still operating in Kogi State as a group of Christian worshippers on prayer walk were reportedly attacked by suspected hoodlums in company with members of the disbanded police unit.
A victim, who claimed to have been manhandled during the prayer walk on Monday, Reverend David Sanda, told our correspondent on the phone in Lokoja on Tuesday that he was manhandled by suspected vigilante and men of the disbanded SARS.
He said, “Yes, I was beaten and molested by ‘suspected’ vigilante and banned SARS operatives during our prayer walk in Anyigba on Monday.
“In the train was Evang Emma Ibrahim, Pastors Silas Edogbo, Sam of Dunamis and several other ministers leading a crowd of close to 400 youths. They stopped us, tore the Nigeria flags we were holding and the banner saying, ‘Lord, Heal our Land’ and asked us to move to a church.
Meanwhile, the state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has condemned the attack on the Christian worshippers, describing it as the handiwork of “criminal elements”.
A statement issued on Tuesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed, while condemning the act, promised that the perpetrators of such unholy act would be fished out to face the full weight of the law.