Breaking: Finally, Nigeria’s Police Chief Disbands Notorious SARS

Mr Mohammed Adamu, Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police

In what appears like bowing to pressure as a result of the spreading #EndSars protest campaign across the country, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu, has announced the disbandment of the Special Antirobbery Squad (SARS). The IGP Adamu announced this in a tweet earlier on Sunday.

This comes after days of nationwide protests against SARS over allegations of brutality and extra-judicial killings against the police unit. It means that the SARS stands dissolved across the 36 State Police Commands and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) where they hitherto existed.

Aside the tweet by the IFP, a press statement signed by force public relations officer, DCP Frank Mba threw more light to the development. Mba noted that the IGP, while noting that the dissolution of SARS is in response to the yearnings of the Nigerian people, observes that by this dissolution, all officers and men of the now-defunct Special Anti-robbery Squad are being redeployed with immediate effect.

The IGP notes that the Force is not oblivious of the ever-present need to combat armed robbery, kidnapping and other violent crimes in the country which was before now the core mandate of the erstwhile Squad. He assured that a new policing arrangement to address anticipated policing gaps the dissolution of SARS would cause has been evolved and shall be announced in due course.

Meanwhile, as part of measures to prevent a re-occurrence of events that gave rise to the dissolution of SARS, a Citizens’ and Strategic Stakeholders’ Forum is being formed to regularly interface with Police leadership at all levels and advise on police activities as they affect the general public.

In addition, the Force is constituting an Investigation Team, which shall include Civil Society Organisations and Human Rights Bodies to work with the Police in investigating alleged cases of human rights violations. The measure, the IGP believes, will enhance transparency and accountability in police services as well as providing a system of deterrence for erring police officers whose action clearly violates the rights of the citizenry.

The IGP appreciates and commends all citizens particularly those who genuinely express their concerns for a better policing orientation in an organised, patriotic and civil manner. He reaffirms the determination of the Force to bequeath to the country a Police Force and system that is professional in service delivery and most importantly, accountable to the people.

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