The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has today, 11thOc tober, 2020, dissolved the operation of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) across all 36 States with the Police Commands and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) existed.
The IGP, in a release has stated that the dissolution of SARS comes after several protest from citizens of Nigerians. According to the IG, this dissolution, of the now defunct Special Anti-robbery Squad takes place with immediate effect.
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“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. 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.”
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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.”