- Arms used by SARS officers in Lagos have been withdrawn
- This was confirmed on Tuesday, October 13, by the police command in the state
- The police commissioner in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu, also told Lagosians that the offices of the defunct unit have been shut down
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The Lagos command of the police has announced that it has fully complied with the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) ordered by IGP Mohammed Adamu.
The commissioner of the force in the state, Hakeem Odumosu, on Tuesday, October 13, told EndSARS protesters among whom are lawyers that the command has withdrawn live ammunition from officers of the unit, Punch reports.
Moreover, the police commissioner in Lagos revealed that in line with the IGP's directive, the offices of SARS in the state have been shut down.
Even more, Odumosu promised the protesters that henceforth, they will not find personnel of the squad in operation in Lagos anymore.
He stated that officers of the unit who have been accused of violence against innocent citizens, including one of them who was seen in a viral video assaulting a woman, have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department in Panti for further investigations.
“As to the directive of the Inspector-General of Police for disbandment (of SARS), if you come here now you will see them (SARS officers) in the regular police uniform.
"They’ve been disbanded, all their arms have been collected; the cases they were handling and the suspects have been transferred to the State CID, Panti for the continuation of investigation."
Meanwhile, in line with the disbandment of SARS, Adamu had summoned officers of the defunct unit to report themselves to the force headquarters, Abuja for mental and medical examination.
The IGP Adamu's directive was contained in a statement by the police spokesman, Frank Mba, made available to Legit.ng.
This exercise to be undergone by the personnel was expected to be a prelude further training and reorientation before they would be redeployed into mainstream policing duties.
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