IGP Dissolves SARS Police Unit After Days of Protests

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SWITZERLAND, OCTOBER 11 – The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has announced the dissolution of the dreaded police formation, Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS or FSARS).

The dissolution is coming on the hills of the #EndSARS protest nationwide.

The IGP made the announcement on Sunday afternoon during a press conference at the force headquarters in Abuja.

The IGP reports directly to the president and could only have taken such decision with President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval or authorisation.

The SARS, a police unit, has been accused of extortion, intimidation, harassment and murder of many young Nigerians.

“The Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigerian Police, otherwise known as SARS, is hereby dissolved across all formations, the 36 state police command and the Federal Capital Territory where they currently exist,” the IGP said on Sunday.

“All officers and men currently serving in the unit are to be redeployed with immediate effect.”

The police authorities will be announcing new policing arrangements to address the offences of armed robbery and other violent crimes that fall within the mandate of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad later.

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