The Inspector -General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has dissolved the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force.
Adamu, noted that officers and men serving in the unit will be redeployed to other Police Commands, Formations and Units.
The IGP who made the announcement in a live broadcast, Sunday afternoon, said, “The Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force otherwise known as SARS is hereby dissolved in all the 36 State Police Commands and the Federal Capital Territory”.
The briefing was followed by a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba.
The statement titled, ‘IGP Dissolves The Special Anti -Robbery Squad ( SARS )’ , partly read, “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 statement partly read.
The announcement comes several days after intense online and offline protests against the brutality and extrajudicial killings by SARS operatives nationwide.