IGP responds to end SARS protest, disbands the outfit

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The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, has disbanded the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) across the 36 State Police Commands and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) where they hitherto existed.

This decision of the Police might be as a result of the sustained protest by nigerians across the country calling for the disbandment of the police outfit.

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer at the Force Headquarters DCP Frank Mba said the dissolution of SARS was in response to the yearnings of the Nigerian people.

He noted that by the dissolution, all officers and men of the now defunct Special Anti-robbery Squad are being redeployed with immediate effect.

The IGP indicated that the Force is not oblivious of the 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.

“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 measure, the IGP said 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 expressed appreciation while commending all citizens particularly those who genuinely express their concerns for a better policing orientation in an organized, patriotic and civil manner.
He reaffirmed 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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