The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, has said the dissolution of SARS is in response to the yearnings of Nigerians.
According to a press release signed by the Force PRO, DCP Frank Mba, and made available to Journalists on Sunday, October 11, 2020, the IGP observed that by this dissolution, all Officers and men of the now defunct Special Anti-robbery Squad are being redeployed with immediate effect.
The IGP noted 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, but assured 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.
It would be recalled that the IGP had, on Sunday, October 11, 2020, dissolved SARS across the 36 State Police Commands and the Federal Capital Territory where they existed, “in the finest spirit of democratic, citizen-centred and community policing.”
The release also had it that 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; a 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 appreciated and commended all citizens, particularly those who genuinely express 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.