#EndSARS: IGP Finally Dissolves SARS, Nigerians rejoice
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has announced the dissolution of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian police Force
SARS has been accused of extortion, intimidation, harassment and murder of many young Nigerians.
In a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, the announcement was made following massive #EndSARS protests nationwide which left a few people dead and many injured.
He said the IG has today “11th October, 2020, dissolved the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) across the 36 State Police Commands and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) where they hitherto existed”.
“All officers and men of the now defunct Special Anti-robbery Squad are being redeployed with immediate effect”, the statement added.
Force Spokesman said 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”, hence “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”.
However, 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 Organizations and Human Rights Bodies to work with the Police in investigating alleged cases of human rights violations.
Meanwhile, Many Nigerians took to twitter to express their feelings on the latest development.