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The Nigerian Police Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood says politicians are behind the #EndSARS campaign.
Why it matters: Nigerians took to social media to condemn regular and brutal intimidation of youth by operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). This has led to the trend – #EndSARS.
Speaking on Sunrise Daily on Channels Television, Mr Moshood said Jega Awosanya Segun (@Segalink) the alleged originator of the hashtag, is under investigation.
“Somebody who had an ulterior motive put up #EndSARS, Nigerians should be mindful because the social media is very porous,” Mr Moshood.
“We traced the hashtag and traced it to mischievous politicians that are trying to create problems in the system that SARS is a stumbling block for them to achieve an objective in the election and we are investigating this.
“The owner of the hashtag is being investigated. We know freedom of expression is the right of every Nigerian and we are taking people up because of that.
“It is quite unfortunate, I’m not mentioning any name but this same Jega Awosanya Segun is the owner of the hastag and we have seen his picture with various crop of politicians and we are investigating that for Nigerians to know the reason why.”