Disban SARS:Nigerian Government bows under pressure

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Nigeria’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, has been disbanded.

Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector-General of Police, made the announcement on Sunday afternoon.

This follows days of nationwide protest against the police operation.

Nigerians, mostly the youths, had taken to the streets of major cities to protest SARS’ brutality while the hashtag “ENDSARS” has trended for days on social media.

But disbanding the unit on Sunday, the IGP ordered all officers and men of the now defunct Special Anti-robbery Squad to be redeployed with immediate effect.

According to the Adamu, the dissolution of SARS was in response to the yearnings of Nigerians.

The IGP noted that the Force wasn’t oblivious of the ever present got to combat heist , kidnapping and other violent crimes within the country which was already the core mandate of the erstwhile Squad.

He assured that a replacement policing arrangement to deal with anticipated policing gaps the dissolution of SARS would cause has been evolved and shall be announced in due course.

Meanwhile, the IG said, “as a part of measures to stop 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 in the least levels and advise on police activities as they affect the overall public.NEWS: Ondo guber: ZLP candidate, Ajayi wins polling unit

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

“The IGP appreciates and commends all citizens particularly those that genuinely express their concerns for a far better policing orientation in an organized, patriotic and civil manner. He reaffirms the determination of the Force to take care of law and order across the country.

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