News reaching our desk is that the Nigeria Police Force has dissolved the controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), the Inspector General of Police Muhammed D. Adamu has announced following days of protests calling for the notorious force’s disbandment.
Shortly after celebrating their 60th Independence anniversary on October 1, Nigerians took to the streets to protest what the called the high handedness of the plain-clothed police department “SARS” following years of growing anger among the citizens.
SARS, a branch of the Nigeria Police Force under the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID) and stewardship of Deputy Inspector General of Police Anthony Ogbizi, has long been accused of harassment, unlawful arrests, torture let alone murders. This forced thousands of people onto the streets this week to demand it be disbanded, as #EndSARS trended online all over the globe for several days with various international dignitaries from artists to sportspersons participating.
Their efforts, however, weren’t in vain as the Nigerian Police Force announced today that the IGP had dissolved the rogue outfit’s operations across the 36 State Commands and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with immediate effect. The statement issued by the Police Force, however, confirmed that the officers will be deployed to other departments as the force arranges a new policing method to tackle violent crimes that will be announced soon.
“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” further read the statement that promised light at the end of the dark tunnel for victims of now-defunct notorious police department’s wrath.