|IGP of Police, Mohammed Adamu|
The Federal Government of Nigeria have finally bowed to pressure from the angry Nigerian youths who have taken to the streets and social media to call for the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The Inspector- General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, announced that the Special Anti- Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force has been disbanded across the 36 States, including FCT Abuja. Personnel to be reintegrated into other policing organs.
MackenzieSkyBlog gathered that the Police made this known through a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, noting that the action was taken “In the finest spirit of democratic, citizen-centred and community policing”.
“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni 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.“The IGP, while noting that the dissolution of SARS is in response to the yearnings of the Nigerian people, observes that by this dissolution, all officers and men of the now defunct Special Anti-robbery Squad are being redeployed with immediate effect.“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. He assures 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 announcement came after days of public outrage and protests by the Nigerian youths with the hashtage #EndSARsNow.