Finally, government responds to clamor for change as Osinbajo ends SARS

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The End SARS movements has finally yielded result as the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has ordered the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to “overhaul the management and activities” of notorious Police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Over the past nine months, numerous Nigerians have taken to social media to accuse officers of the unit of several misconducts ranging from harassment, extortion, assault to extra-judicial killings.

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo today (14/08/2018) ordered the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris to shut down the Special Anti-Robbery Squad Unit (SARS) “with immediate effect”.

In a statement issued by Osinbajo’s spokesperson, Laolu Akande, the Acting President ordered the IGP to shut down the unit “with immediate effect”.

The statement read, “Following persistent complaints and reports on the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) that border on allegations of human rights violations, His Excellency, Professor Yemi Osinbajo SAN, Acting-President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, has directed the Inspector General of Police to, with immediate effect, overhaul the management and activities of SARS and ensure that any unit that will emerge from the process, will be intelligence-driven and restricted to the prevention and detection of armed robbery and kidnapping, and apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences, and nothing more.”

See statement below:

Meanwhile, Nigerians have been reacting to the latest development, praising the Osinbajo for taking the bold and overdue step in checkmating the menace of the dreaded police unit. #EndSARS and Osinbajo are trending on Twitter.

See some of the tweets on the incident below:


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