I Regret Creating SARS In 1984 — Former CP Fulani Kwafaja

A retired Commissioner of Police, Fulani Kwajafa, has expressed regrets for establishing the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force. . . Kwajafa while speaking in an interview with BBC Hausa said the unit had completey derailed from its founding objectives. . . “I entered the Nigeria Police Force in 1984. Then robbery was prevalent. Buhari, the then Head of State, got a lot of complaint. He told me and Mr Inyang, the then IGP, that we must do something about it or be fired. . . Mr Inyang called me and told me to come up with a plan to save the country from thieves, so I said okay. . . After four months of creating SARS, there was peace, those who were not caught ran, and those who were caught were sent to prison. . . This thing frustrates me, there is no reason why because someone commits a crime that the person should be killed. There are laws and no one will give an order that if you see armed robbers kill the person. . . I’ve been hearing disheartening news, to the extent that…

"We Are Not Disconnecting Power Supply To MDAs

The Association of Nigeria Electricity Distributors (ANED), on Saturday said it would not disconnect power supply to Government Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) over the N93 billion outstanding debts.

The Executive Director, Research and Advocacy of ANED, Mr Sunday Oduntan, disclosed this in in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos .

He spoke against speculations that Distribution Companies (DISCOs) may disconnect MDAs for failure to settles their indebtedness to the distribution companies.

According to Oduntan, DISCOs are more interested in negotiating and making sure the issues are resolved amicably.

He said that the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr Raji Fashola, had promised DISCOs that government was making arrangement for the payment.

The director said that DISCOs believed that the Fashola would always fulfill his promise, adding that the negotiation with the government representatives would be positive.

“We are aware of the present challenges faced the present administration in economic sector and its efforts in ensuring regular electricity supply to all and sundry.

“Disconnection of all MDAs will only add to these challenges, so we are engaging the Federal Government in a negotiation at present and we believed that this will resolve the financial crisis in the sector,” he said.

He urged electricity consumers nationwide to ensure prompt payment of the electricity bills.

NAN reports that on May 21, ANED announced that all historic debtors, including residential, commercial, industrial and government establishments across the three tiers of government would be disconnected due to unpaid electricity bills.

ANED said that government establishments, including the military and security agencies alone, owed the DISCOs over N93 billion.

Fashola, had at a town hall forum organised by the Kukah Centre, on June 16, promised to pay the N78.7 billion electricity debts owed distribution companies by MDAs before the end of the year. (NAN)