The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu, on Sunday ordered the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in all police commands across the country.
He announced the dissolution at news conference in Abuja.
Adamu said that the dissolution was in response to the yearnings of Nigerians, adding that by the dissolution, all officers and men of the defunct SARS were to be redeployed with immediate effect.
He said that the police force was not oblivious of the need to combat armed robbery, kidnapping and other violent crimes in the country, which was hitherto the core mandate of the SARS.
Adamu pledged that a new policing arrangement which would address anticipated policing gaps induced by the dissolution of SARS had evolved and would be announced in due course.
He said that as part of measures to prevent a recurrence of events that gave rise to the dissolution of SARS, a ‘Citizens’ and Strategic Stakeholders’ Forum was being formed.
He said that the forum would regularly interface with police leadership at all levels and offer advice on police activities as they affected the general public.
“In addition, the force is constituting an Investigation Team which shall include Civil Society Organisations and Human Rights Bodies to work with the police in investigating alleged cases of human rights violations.
“The measure, will enhance transparency and accountability in police services as well as provide a system of deterrence for erring police officers whose action clearly violates the rights of citizens,” he said.
Adamu commended Nigerians, who genuinely expressed their concerns for a better policing orientation in an organised, patriotic and civil manner.
He pledged the commitment of the police authorities to bequeath to the country a police force and system that was accountable and professional in its service delivery.