The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) on Sunday, October 11, finally bowed to pressure as the Inspector General Mohammed Adamu disbanded the controversial police unit, Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
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The disbandment, which was announced by the IGP during a nationwide address, is unarguably historical — a total validation of the massive #EndSARS protests by the Nigerian youths.
It would be recalled that since Thursday, October 8, the Nigeran youths have been taken to the streets to protest ceaseless police maiming, killing and grand extortion of the people profiled as criminal based on their look.
Social media has also been awash with #EndSars hashtag peaking globally as Nigerians continue to demonstrate their displeasure against pronounced police brutality nationwide.
As the police finally dissolved the controversial unit, Legit.ng highlight 5 things IGP Adamu said during the briefing.
1. SARS dissolved across 36 states and FCT with immediate effect
The Inspector-General of Police has dissolved the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) across all the Thirty-Six (36) State Commands and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with immediate effect.
2. Officers under SARS to be redeployed
IGP also said all the officers and men serving in the controversial SARS nit will be redeployed to other police commands, formations and units.
3. A new arrangement underway
IGP Adamu also stated that a new policing arrangement for tackling the offences of armed robbery and other violent crimes will be unveiled to the public soon.
4. Formation of Citizens and Strategic Stakeholders Forum
Speaking, IGP also said Citizens and Strategic Stakeholders Forum will be launched.
According to him, this will provide an avenue for citizens to regularly interface and advise the police authority on issues touching on the general public.
5. Investigative team on police brutality to be launched
The IGP also stated that to deal with the report of crimes committed against citizens, an Investigative Team will be constituted which will include Civil Society Organisations and culprits will be punished.
Legit.ng's Samuel Olubiyo, who was at the venue of the protest, reported that the protesters were on a match to the force's headquarters in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) when they were stopped by the officers.
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