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Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, today 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, there has been a far reaching campaign to check the excesses of the officers of the unit who had gained a reputation for harassment, extortion, assault and extra-judicial killings.
In a statement issued by Osinbajo’s spokesperson, Laolu Akande, the Acting President ordered the IGP to shut down the unit “with immediate effect”. Whilst the statement could come across as vague and lacking in detail, we’ll stay tuned to observe its enforcement.
Find excerpts of the statement below;
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.
— Chuba Ezekwesili (@ChubaEzeks) August 14, 2018