Nigeria: Inspector-General Of Police Disbands SARS Nationwide
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has announced the disbandment of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force.
Mohammed Adamu who made the announcement Sunday afternoon, in a live broadcast said the operatives would be redeployed to other police formations and commands.
“The Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force otherwise known as SARS is hereby dissolved in all the 36 State Police Commands and the Federal Capital Territory.” he said
He assured that a new policing arrangement to address anticipated policing gaps in the dissolution of SARSshall be announced in due course
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.
.The IGP appreciated and commended all citizens particularly those who genuinely express their concerns for a better policing orientation in an organized, patriotic and civil manner.
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 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 announcement came after days of online and offline protests against the brutality and extra-judicial killings by SARS operatives nationwide.