After days of protests in different states of Nigeria, as well as the streets of Twitter, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, scraps the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, famously known as SARS.
A day after President Buhari orders the IGP to address Nigerians’ concerns, the Inspector-General of Police announces the dissolution of the subject of their concerns, SARS across the 36 states.
This announcement was made at the force headquarters in Abuja on Sunday afternoon.
“The Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigerian Police, otherwise known as SARS, is hereby dissolved across all formations, the 36 state police command and the Federal Capital Territory where they currently exist”, he said.
The Force Public relations Office, Force Headquarters, Dcp Frank Mba, in his statement, said ” the dissolution of SARS is in response to the yearnings of the Nigerian people”.
“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 clarifies.
The call for the disbandment of the subunit that dates back to 2017, and the series of protests since October 3, 2020, after another report of extra-judicial killing in Delta state, though it was denied by the police, has eventually been approved.
All officers serving under the subunit are now expected to be redeployed with immediate effect. The IGP further stated that new policing arrangements will be presented in due course, to address the offenses of armed robbers and other violent crimes that fall within the mandate of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
In addition, the Force is constituting an Investigation Team which shall include Civil Society Organizations and Human Rights Bodies to work with the Police in investigating alleged cases of human rights violations. The IGP believes this 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.
He therefore commends and appreciates all citizens, particularly those who genuinely express their concerns for a better policing orientation in an organized, patriotic, and civil manner.
He states strongly the determination of the Force to pass on to the country, a Police Force and System that is professional in service delivery and most importantly, accountable to the people.