Officer Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector General of the Nigeria Police has ordered the disbandment of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS. He has informed the public that officers of FSARS nationwide will be redeployed to other police formations and commands.
Inspector Adamu revealed this in a live broadcast on Sunday afternoon.
The IGP said, ‘The Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force otherwise known as SARS is hereby dissolved in all the 36 State Police Commands and the Federal Capital Territory.’
The briefing was corroborated by a press statement by DCP Frank Mba, the Force Public Relations Officer.
The IGP said, “The Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force otherwise known as SARS is hereby dissolved in all the 36 State Police Commands and the Federal Capital Territory.”
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The briefing was immediately followed by a statement signed by DCP Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer, . The statement titled, ‘IGP Dissolves The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS)’, partly read, ‘The IGP, while noting that the dissolution of SARS is in response to the yearnings of the Nigerian people, observes that by this dissolution, all officers and men of the now-defunct Special Anti-robbery Squad are being redeployed with immediate effect.’
‘The IGP notes that the Force is not oblivious of the ever-present need to combat armed robbery, kidnapping and other violent crimes in the country which was before now the core mandate of the erstwhile Squad.
The decision to scrap the FSARS was based on nationwide protests of Youths across the country. The Youths lamented the extrajudicial killings, brutality, stereotyping, and extortion of FSARS.