- Mike Okiro, former IG of police, has joined the list of personalities who are against the ban of SARS
- Speaking against the abolishment of the special squad, the former police boss said it will be a win for robbers
- Okiro who disclosed this in an interview, suggested that the squad be rebranded and refocused
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A former Inspector-General of Police, Mike Okiro, has advised against the ban of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Okiro made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, October 8, in Abuja.
The former police IG advised that the squad should be rebranded and refocused for effective service delivery.
“The police management should go to the drawing board and retrain personnel of the SARS as it will be counter-productive to disband them.
“You cannot throw away the baby with the bathwater if they have deviated from what they were established for they should be retrained and refocused.
“Armed robbers will be happy that there is no more SARS in the country but are Nigerians ready for that.“
He went on to note that the squad had derailed from the primary purpose it was established for which is to tackle armed robbery.
Okiro while stating that the operatives are doing things different from their training, called for stiff punishment for any squad member who violates the code of conduct.
The former police boss expressed regret that the squad has now delved into other matters aside from armed robbery.
It would be recalled that the IG of Police M.A Adamu banned personnel of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) from carrying out routine protocols.
This new directive from the IGP also affects operatives of other tactical squads of the police such as the Special Tactical Squad (STS), Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Anti-Cultism Squad.
This position was put forward in Abuja on Tuesday, October 6, by the public relations officer of the NPF, Frank Mba.
Mba said that the embattled squad, despite excesses by some officers, is needed to combat crimes in the country.
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