Mr. Mohammed Adamu, Inspector-General of Police

#EndSARS: 5 Important things to know about dissolution of SARS

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Sequel to a week of unrelenting protests and fervent calls over alleged human rights abuses in the country, for the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigeria Police Force, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, Inspector-General of Police (IGP), officially dissolved the Police unit in an annouc3emnt Sunday, October 11, 2020.

Adamu stated: “The Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigerian Police, otherwise known as SARS, is hereby dissolved across all formations, the 36 state police command and the Federal Capital Territory where they currently exist.”

“All officers and men currently serving in the unit are to be redeployed with immediate effect.”

Several observers believe that the eventual disbandment of SARS resulted from the sweat, blood, and sustained protests of Nigerians.

The IGP’s order was said to have come a day after another Nigerian, Jimoh Isiaq, was killed in Ogbomoso, in Oyo State, where a #EndSARS protest had held.

Report indicates that the death further instigated the protest as it nailed home the message of SARS brutality and other infringement of rights for which Nigerians wanted the Police unit scrapped.

DCP Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), in a notice signed by him in Abuja, FCT, however, has outlined five important things to note about the pronouncement of the IGP on the disbandment of SARS in Nigeria.

  1. SARS has been dissolved across all the thirty-six state commands and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
  2. All officers and men serving in the unit are to be deployed to other police commands, formations, and units.
  3. A new policing arrangement for tackling the offenses of armed robbery and other violent crimes will be unveiled to the public soon.
  4. A citizen and strategic stakeholders forum will be launched to provide an avenue to the citizen to engage and advise police authority issues touching on the general public.
  5. An investigation team will be set up to deal with the report of crimes committed against citizens. The team will include civil society organisations, and the aim is to ensure that culprits are brought to justice.

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