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…

PADEN: Osinbanjo Ends Debate

Recently, during the public presentation of an authorised biography of President Muhammadu
Buhari by one of his old friends, Prof. John Paden, a ‎fact of history was distorted in the book.
It was the argument over how Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo .......
emerged the running mate to President Buhari. The author wrote that Osinbajo was the choice of President Buhari and that was‎ contrary to existing fact that a former Lagos State governor and one of the national leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu nominated him.

The book, written by Paden, and titled ‘Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of leadership in Nigeria,’ claimed that Tinubu pressured the president against choosing Osinbajo as running mate in the run up to the 2015 presidential election. But in cleverly putting the ‎record straight recently during a state of the nation Colloquium by the Coalition of Nigerian Apostolic Leaders, Osinbajo clarified how he became Nigeria’s number two citizen.

Addressing a question from Pastor Paul Adefarasin on what he has been doing to groom others like him to join politics and make the difference, he said: “I was not nominated by the church. I was nominated by the leader of our party, who I served as commissioner in his government”.
The description fits no ‎other than Tinubu. The question therefore is, why the deliberate attempt to change facts when those involved are still alive and can confirm the truth?
Even before the VP’s clarification, the narrative contained in the biography of President Buhari of how Tinubu lobbied to become Nigeria’s Vice President instead of Osinbajo has been discredited by the Secretary to the Lagos State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, who was privy to the process of Osinbajo’s nomination, when he said the author’s story was “based on falsehood that reeks of deliberate misinformation and mischief.
One must therefore wonder what really went wrong. Was it just that the author got such sensitive information incorrectly‎ or was it deliberately distorted? Didn’t anyone in the presidency vet the document before it was published to correct such information or is it just party politics and mischief taken too far?
Whatever it is, that fact of record has been set straight by Osinbajo. Perhaps, if he were a conventional politician, he could simply stick to the new story and malign his benefactor for good.