- The Nigeria Police Force police has assured the general public that justice would be served
- The announcement was made by the IGP Mohammed Adamu
- This development is coming on the heels of multiple protests against the brutality of the police operatives
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has assured Nigerians of justice following the outcry over brutality by the controversial unit Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS).
This was revealed in a video shared on the official Twitter page of the Nigerian government on Wednesday, October 14.
Operatives of the unit have long been accused of kidnapping, harassing, and extorting many Nigerian youths.
In response to the public outcry on police brutality, the IGP said an investigation team will be constituted to pinpoint the abuses.
The police boss went on to add that officers of the unit found culpable will be dealt with.
“An investigation team will be constituted which will include Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), to identify all abuses, and officers that are found culpable will be punished.“
Speaking further Adamu explained that compensation for victims would have to go through court processes, adding that it will be done when investigations are concluded.
Many Nigerian youths including public figures and celebrities have joined the #EndSARS protest to condemn police brutality in the country.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that hours after disbanding the controversial SARS unit, Adamu set up a new replacement.
The new unit, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), was announced on Tuesday, October 13, as heightened demonstrations continue across the country and on social media against the brutality of the police.
Announcing the decision, IGP Adamu said the officers under the SWAT unit will begin their training "at the different police tactical training institutions nationwide, next week."
In a related development, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has revealed details of his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on the way forward after the disbandment of SARS.
The governor said that during his talk with the president, he restated his commitment to embark on a total reform of the police force.
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