In the spirit of democracy and community policing, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, this Sunday, 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, in a statement issued by the police force spokesperson, DCP Frank Mba, maintained that the dissolution of SARS is in response to the yearnings of the Nigerians, noting that by the dissolution, all officers and men of the now-defunct Special Anti-robbery Squad are being redeployed with immediate effect.
IGP Adamu added 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 assured that a new policing arrangement to address anticipated policing gaps that 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, the IGP said 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.
He stated that 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.
This measure, the IGP believed will enhance transparency and accountability in police services as well as providing a system of deterrence for erring police officers whose action violates the rights of the citizenry.
The police boss appreciated and commended all citizens, particularly those who genuinely expressed their concerns for a better policing orientation in an organized, patriotic, and civil manner.
He reaffirmed 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.