UPDATED: Police IG dissolves SARS, announces plans to investigate abuse of human rights by policemen

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By Shola Abayomi.

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has announced the official dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigerian police in all the 36 States of the federation and the FCT.

The decision to disband SARS, according to the Force Public Relations Officer (PRO), DCP Frank Mba was in “response to the yearnings of the Nigerian people.”

Directing immediate redeployment of “all officers and men of the now defunct Special Anti-robbery Squad,” the Inspector General also announced other measures which he said was aimed at forestalling the reoccurrence of the issues that led to the agitation for the disbandment of SARS.

Some of these measures include, formation of a Citizens’ and Strategic Stakeholders’ Forum to constantly  “interface with Police leadership at all levels and advise on police activities as they affect the general public,” as well as the setting up of an investigation team which will comprise Civil Society Organizations and Human Rights Bodies with the mandate to investigating alleged cases of human rights violations.

IGP Adamu also assured Nigerians that a new policing plan which would take into consideration the expected  policing gaps as a result of the dissolution of SARS would be announced in due course.

It would be recalled that for close to three days now, Nigerians in some major cities have embarked on  #EndSARS campaign and protests, with at least two protesters losing their lives in the process.

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