After a week of protest and call for the disbandment of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) by Nigerian citizens over their brutality and infringements of rights. The Inspector General of Police has officially scrapped the unit, saying all officers and men should be deployed to other units.
Below are 5 things to know about the dissolution of SARS in Nigeria:
1. SARS has been dissolved across all the thirty-six state commands and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
2. All officers and men serving in the unit are to be deployed to other police commands, formations, and units.
3. A new policing arrangement for tackling the offenses of armed robbery and other violent crimes will be unveiled to the public soon.
4. A citizen and strategic stakeholders forum will be launched to provide an avenue to the citizen to engage and advise police authority issues touching on the general public.
5. An investigation team will be set up to deal with the report of crimes committed against citizens. The team will include civil society organisations, and the aim is to ensure that culprits are brought to justice.