Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police Force has released Mr. Moses Motoni yesterday after they arrested him on Tuesday. Mr. Moses Motoni, a Project Tracking Officer for BudgIT Nigeria was lured to the Central Market, Kasua, Kaduna by SARS officials who disguised as DHL workers.
His arrest led to an increase in the outcry to disband the squad as Nigerians had taken to social media to regale tales of robbery, extortion, assault, and harassment by the members of SARS. The official account of BudgIT Nigeria continued to give updates about the arrest while maintaining that Mr. Motoni had done nothing other than his job.
After he was released yesterday, Mr. Motoni spoke to pressmen and described his ordeal while he was in detention as hell. He said “I was dehumanized by SARS, I was neither sitting nor standing when I was being transported by SARS from Kaduna to Abuja. It was not until we arrived at Abuja that I was able to change my posture to a more comfortable one.”
When he was asked for the details of his arrest and detention he explained that he has received a text from the logistics company DHL to pick up a package at Markarfi Plaza on the morning of the arrest only for him to be picked up by SARS officials and bundled to Abuja. According to him, he did not even know the reason he was being arrested until he was in Abuja.
“I was in Bida, Niger State on project tracking and sensitization of people on project monitoring. It was this morning I was told that the reason for my arrest was due to alleged inciting the public for disturbance and also to depose the Etsu Nupe. I would like to say that these are lies” he stated categorically.
Apparently, Mr. Moses Motoni was put under SARS radar after several notable politicians including Senator Mohammed Sani who is the senator from APC representing the Niger South senatorial district reported him to the police and Rep. Faruk Mohammed who is the APC legislator representing the Bida/Gbako/Katcha Federal Constituency.
In response to the arrest and release of Mr. Motoni, the Police Force released an official statement which reads, “Mr. Moses Motoni was not arrested by SARS operatives but by a police team on the case of inciting Public disturbance reported against him on the 1st and 2nd of December, 2017 at Gbako, Tandzun and Bida villages on Federal Constituency projects. The matter is under investigation as Mr. Moses Motoni has been released on bail.”