After intense protest across the country against the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), the inspector general of Police, Adamu Mohammed has bowed to pressure, says it’s in response to the yearning of Nigerians.
In a statement made available to urban express News Online through the Force Public Relation Officer Dcp Frank Mba said the decision was taken in the finest spirit of democratic citizen-centred and community policing.
The statement Entitled: IGP Dissolves The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS); put further today 11th October 2020, dissolved the special Anti-robbery squad across the 36 states police commands and the federal capital territory (FCT) where they hitherto existed.
The FPPRO said the inspector general of police while noting the dissolution of SARS is in response to the yearnings of the Nigeria of the Nigerians people, observes that by this dissolution, all officers and men of the now-defunct special Anti-robbery squad are being redeployed with immediate effect.
He said 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, adding that a new policing arrangement to address anticipated policing gaps dissolution of SARS would cause has been evolved and shall be announced in due course.
As part of measures to prevent a reoccurrence of events that gives rise to the dissolution of SARS, a citizen 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.
he said 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 violation, adding that the measures, 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 citizens.
The inspector general of police, IGP Adamu Mohammed appreciates and commends all citizens particularly those who genuinely express their concerns for a better policing orientation in an organised, patriotic and civil manner.
We affirm 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.