By Franca Joseph (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Following a week of nationwide demonstrations by Nigerians calling for the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has bowed to pressure and formally disbanded the unit.
Adamu, during a press briefing on Sunday, announced the scrapping of the much maligned police unit, a day after another Nigerian, Jimoh Isiaq was killed in Ogbomoso during an #EndSARS# demonstration.
The five main points to note about the IGP’s pronouncement on the scrapping of SARS are as follows.
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.