- IGP Mohammed Adamu has issued a new directive concerning operatives of SARS in the country
- The police boss has ordered state commissioners to ensure no officer is seen in public
- The directive is coming a few days after the IGP disbanded the controversial police unit
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Mohammed Adamu, the inspector-general of police, has ordered all commissioners of police across the country to ensure no officer and other symbols of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are seen in public.
According to The Guardian, the police boss made this known in a message dated Monday, October 12, cited by the news publication.
All state commissioners of police are to ensure that the IGP's new directive is obeyed.
Recall that Adamu announced the disbandment of SARS. The announcement of the dissolution of the police unit came after days of #EndSARS online and offline protests by Nigerians against the brutality and extra-judicial killings by SARS operatives nationwide.
It was gathered that the police boss' new directive confirms alleged reports that operatives of the controversial unit are still on the streets harassing and brutalising Nigerians despite been disbanded.
This is coming a day after President Muhammadu Buhari reacted to the continued protests across the country over police brutality, reform of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), and the abolishment of SARS.
The Nigerian leader on Monday, October 12, in his first public statement since the EndSARS protest erupted across the country four days ago said that the disbanding of SARS is only the first step in his administration's effort to the commitment of extensive police reforms.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the presidential panel set up to reform the police on Tuesday, October 13, finally okayed 5-points demand of the EndSARS protesters.
Following directives by President Buhari on the dissolution of SARS and immediate response to the yearnings of citizens, Adamu convened a meeting with the concerned stakeholders.
The panel agreed to meet demands, which include halting the use of force against protesters and unconditional release of arrested citizens.
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