For a second time in two years, Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) has been dissolved by the police authority.
The Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu announced the dissolution Sunday at a press conference in Abuja.
Adamu as an acting Inspector General of Police ordered the immediate disbandment of the FSARS in January 2019.
This follows week-long protests by different human rights groups and civil Liberties Organisations in Abuja, Lagos and other states calling for the disbandment of the FSARS over allegations of brutalities and abuse and extortion from people.
He assured that a new policing arrangement to address anticipated policing gaps the dissolution of SARS would cause has been evolved and shall be announced in due course.
“Meanwhile, as part of measures to prevent a re-occurrence of events that gave rise to the dissolution of SARS, a Citizens’ and Strategic Stakeholders’ Forum is being formed to regularly interface with Police leadership at all levels and advise on police activities as they affect the general public.
“In addition, the Force is constituting an Investigation Team which shall include Civil Society Organizations and Human Rights Bodies to work with the Police in investigating alleged cases of human rights violations.
“The measure, the IGP believes, will enhance transparency and accountability in police services as well as providing a system of deterrence for erring police officers whose action clearly violates the rights of the citizenry.
“The IGP appreciates and commends all citizens particularly those who genuinely express their concerns for a better policing orientation in an organized, patriotic and civil manner. He reaffirms the determination of the Force to bequeath to the country a Police Force and System that is professional in service delivery and most importantly, accountable to the people”, a statement by the IGP said.
Recall on Saturday, President Muhammadu Buhari had tweeted “I met again with the IGP tonight. Our determination to reform the police should never be in doubt. I am being briefed regularly on the reform efforts ongoing to end police brutality and unethical conduct, and ensure that the Police are fully accountable to the people.”