- The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has given an update on the disbanded SARS unit
- IGP Adamu said a new outfit would be created and it would be intelligence-driven and its personnel properly trained
- According to him, officers of the disbanded SARS unit would be retrained and given other responsibilities in the police force
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The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has assured Nigerians that the training of a new police unit to take over from the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) will commence next week.
Adamu gave the assurance when pop artiste, David Adeleke aka Davido, visited him in his office on Monday, October 12 over the ongoing #EndSARS protests.
For over 72 hours, Nigerians youths nationwide have taken to the streets calling for the disbandment of SARS.
The IGP responded by banning the dreaded police unit, but protesters say they doubt the police authorities sincerity.
Speaking to Davido, IGP Adamu said with SARS being disbanded, there was a need to get a new structure to carry out the duties the defunct police unit was carrying out, which is fighting violent crimes.
He said the new outfit would be intelligence-driven, properly trained and only act on special occasions that require their attention.
He said the unit would be made up of fresh personnel with a fresh orientation and not officers from the scrapped unit.
He said opportunities would be created for members of the public to participate in and make inputs to the formation of the new unit.
IGP Adamu further said this was the first time they have decisively taken to dissolve SARS and called for calm as they continue to resolve all the issues.
“I’m talking to you so I will keep talking to many others and get civil societies involved and get their input towards the new unit.”
He said officers of the disbanded unit would be retrained and given other responsibilities in the force, but will not be reabsorbed into the new unit.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the IGP in response to calls and agitation from Nigerians to disband SARS, banned personnel of the unit from carrying out routine protocols, before the eventual disbandment.
The new directive from the IGP also affected operatives of other tactical squads of the police such as the Special Tactical Squad (STS), Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Anti-Cultism Squad.
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