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IGP Bows to Pressure, Dissolves SARS, Establishes Citizens’ and Strategic Stakeholders’ Forum to Interface with Police Leadership.
Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, Sunday dissolved the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) across the 36 state police commands and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) where they hitherto existed.
The dissolution was in response to what the IGP described as “the finest spirit of democratic, citizen-centred and community policing, and the yearnings of the Nigerian people.”
IGP’s action was coming after a near-nationwide protest against the unprofessional conduct of men of the Nigeria Police Force attached to SARS almost crippled social and economic activities in the country.
Adamu said by this dissolution all officers and men of the now defunct Special Anti-robbery Squad are being redeployed with immediate effect.
He noted 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 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.”
Also, 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.
Nigeria Police Force said it’s “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, Adamu believed, would 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.
IGP appreciated and commended all citizens particularly those who genuinely expressed their concerns for a better policing orientation in an organised, patriotic, and civil manner.
Adamu, in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, reaffirmed the determination of the Force to bequeath to the country a police organisation and system that is professional in service delivery and most importantly, accountable to the people.
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