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Nigeria: #endsars – Nigeria Dissolves Dreaded Police Unit, Broadcasts Police Reforms

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“As well as, the Power is constituting an Investigation Crew which shall embody Civil Society Organizations…”

The Inspector-Basic of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has introduced the dissolution of the dreaded police unit, Particular Anti Theft Squad (SARS or FSARS).

The police chief additionally introduced main police reforms together with the formation of an investigative workforce, which can embody civil society and human proper teams, for the aim of “investigating alleged instances of human rights violations” by the police.

The dissolution of the SARS is approaching the heels of the #EndSARS protest nationwide.

The IGP, who studies on to the Nigerian president from whom he receives directives, made the announcement on Sunday afternoon at a press convention on the power headquarters.

A press release on the announcement was additionally circulated by the police spokesperson, Frank Mba.

The SARS, a police unit, has been accused of extortion, harassment and homicide of many younger Nigerians.

PREMIUM TIMES has reported on the protests throughout which no less than one protester has been killed.

The police have violently dispersed the protest in lots of Nigerian cities. Regardless of the police’s motion, the protesters remained undeterred with many native and worldwide celebrities becoming a member of within the name for police reform.


The police chief in his deal with famous that the necessity to dissolve the anti-robbery unit was on account of the protest that has rocked the nation for over 5 days.

“Within the best spirit of democratic, citizen-centred and group policing, the Inspector-Basic of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has at this time, 11th October, 2020, dissolved the Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS) throughout the 36 State Police Instructions and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) the place they hitherto existed,” Mr Mba mentioned within the assertion.

“The IGP, whereas noting that the dissolution of SARS is in response to the yearnings of the Nigerian folks, observes that by this dissolution, all officers and males of the now-defunct Particular Anti-robbery Squad are being redeployed with rapid impact.”

He mentioned the police just isn’t oblivious of the ever-present have to fight armed theft, kidnapping and different violent crimes within the nation which he mentioned was prior to now the core mandate of the erstwhile squad.

He additionally introduced {that a} new policing association to deal with anticipated policing gaps the dissolution of SARS would trigger has been advanced and shall be introduced sooner or later.

“In the meantime, as a part of measures to stop a re-occurrence of occasions that gave rise to the dissolution of SARS, a Residents’ and Strategic Stakeholders’ Discussion board is being fashioned to commonly interface with Police management in any respect ranges and advise on police actions as they have an effect on most of the people.”

“As well as, the Power is constituting an Investigation Crew which shall embody Civil Society Organizations and Human Rights Our bodies to work with the Police in investigating alleged instances of human rights violations.”

In accordance with him, the brand new measure will improve transparency and accountability in police companies in addition to offering a system of deterrence for erring law enforcement officials whose motion clearly violates the rights of the citizenry.

“The IGP appreciates and commends all residents notably those that genuinely categorical their considerations for a greater policing orientation in an organized, patriotic and civil method.”

“He reaffirms the dedication of the Power to bequeath to the nation a Police Power and System that’s skilled in service supply and most significantly, accountable to the folks,” he mentioned.


The protests to scrap the police formation which has been accountable for the dying of many harmless Nigerians gained momentum in Lagos on Thursday.

Nigerian youth took to the streets to air their frustration.

On Friday, among the protesters took off from the Lagos State Home of Meeting at Alausa and proceeded to Allen roundabout.

They maintained that they weren’t asking for a reformation of the SARS outfit, however an entire proscription of that unit.