#EndSARSProtest: Inspector General of Police Dissolves Special Anti-Roberry Squad (SARS) Unit

Mohammed Adamu
IGP Mohammed Adamu

Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, has yielded to the demand of the people and dissolved the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the nation’s Police Department.

IGP Adamu announced this during a press conference on Sunday afternoon at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, stating that the SARS Unit across all formations, the 36 state commands, and the Federal Capital Territory have been dissolved with immediate effect.


The press release reads in part:

“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.”

This move is coming less than 24 hours after a young man was shot dead during the #EndSARS protest in Ogbomosho. Several others have been reportedly left wounded by police officers who tried to disperse the protesters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.


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