“Not every well dressed young Nigerian is a Yahoo boy” – Police PRO tells SARS

Joseph being dragged by the SARS

We’re not sure if this is the most effective way in checking SARS operatives over their overzealous activities (an actual, total reform would be better), but Zonal Police spokesperson, Dolapo Badmus, has written an open letter to the Special Anti Robbery Squad to put a stop to the unlawful arrest of well dressed young men walking on the streets with claims that they are ”Yahoo boys”.

Badmos writes:

“OPEN LETTER TO SARS OPERATIVES : Bad eggs within the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), please be informed that not all good looking young men out there are “yahoo yahoo” boys, a lot of them are young Nigerians “hustling” up and down to make ends meet.

“Kindly note that some young upcoming stars believe that weaving, plaiting and designing their hairs rastafarianly is another way to be accepted as an entertainer (even though most times it doesn’t appeal to me). Some couple of days ago, I saw the son of a high ranking officer with a dreadlock hair style, does that Indicate that he’s a fraudster?! Hell “No”, that young man is well trained and brought up, he’s just shooting his shot in the entertainment world. It will therefore be highly unfair for any security agent to arrest him under the guise of being a yahoo boy.

“Dear colleagues in SARS, can we do more in combating violent crimes?! Can we take a clue from the IGP’s Intelligence Response Team whose main aim has been to rid the nation of criminal elements? This team has done a lot to protect our nation, they always sacrifice their comfort and sleep ! By so doing they’ve been able to abort violent crimes such as kidnapping, armed robberies etc.

“They have not only rescued victims but made arrests (Evans, Offa robbery etc). Dear SARS we appreciate the ones among you doing what is right while we advise the bad eggs to take a clue from IRT team and stop causing pains to legit young men and their families.

“Please note that it is not right to accost anyone on the road and start checking his or her phone, respect people’s privacy and rights!”

Will this “open letter” prove enough to end constant harassment and extortion of innocent Nigerians?