The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, as announced the dissolution of the special arm of the Nigeria Police Force. Says a new policing arrangement to replace the now-defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad will be announced “in due course”.
The announcement came after several days of protests against the brutality and extra-judicial killings by SARS, a specialized unit that was created more than 10 years ago to tackle armed robbers menace in the country. But rather focused on innocent citizens.
Over the years, SARS operatives neglect their modus of operation and started extorting money from innocent youths driving expensive cars, using expensive phones, carrying laptops or wearing dreadlocks, the harassment of Nigerian youths has on several occasions result to killings.
At the briefing, the IGP said, “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.”
After the briefing a statement titled, ‘IGP Dissolves The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS)’ was signed by DCP Frank Mba. The Force Public Relations Officer.
The statement read in part, “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 assures 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 organized, 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.”