Video: IGP dissolves SARS nationwide; all operatives to be redeployed, new Unit to be formed later

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has dissolved the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force nationwide. 

Adamu made the announcement in a live broadcast on Sunday October 11, and confirmed the operatives will be redeployed to other police formations and commands.

The announcement comes days after online and offline protests against the brutality and extra-judicial killings by SARS operatives which gained global attention. 

Read the full statement below. 

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.

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. The measure, 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 the citizenry.

The IGP appreciates and commends all citizens particularly those who genuinely express their concerns for a better policing orientation in an organized, patriotic and civil manner. He reaffirms 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.  

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  1. We achieved our aims ar last, this is total way we can react that federal government can listen to citizen. Atlas SARS is desolved. Kudos to #IGP

  2. So Masses have power like this, I will implore everyone of us to channel our power and energy to positive like this. This is a victory for those who laid their lives (Jimoh Isiaka in ogbomosho etc) in fighting this anti human attitude carried out by SARS and those of us who are alive, may their souls rest in peace.

  3. Victory at last, United we stand and divided we fall. Congrats to Nigerians at Large. Kudos to those who fought hard to achieve this mile stones.

  4. One of the lesson learnt from protest is that we shouldn’t keep quiet in any policy of government that we are not satisfied with or maltreating of Nigerian citizens. Victory to Nigerians home and abroad.

  5. What a nice and lovely news to hear
    This shows how powerful the masses can be. With peaceful protest, the nonsenses, the madness, the foolishness and stupidity of these our so called leaders will be stopped

  6. This is the first time I will hear good news from the inspector general of police. What a lovely news, at last we win our heart. More protest is loading.

  7. Good to hear from IGP, kudos to him, he spoke well and the order started with emidiate effect. Thank you God for staying with us, another protest is till coming ahead that we want President muhammadu buhari resignation from office, as he failed Nigeria.

  8. This is a good news indeeded Las las we achieved our aim in this protest
    SARS has been banned
    Kudos to the protesters God will bless you people
    With UNITY and ONE VOICE we can change this country.

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