Abuja, Nigeria – President Muhammad Buhari bowed to pressure on Sunday and disbanded the Special Anti-Robbery Squad well known as SARS.
In a series of tweets on Presidency Nigeria page, he said that the special Anti-Robbery Squad had been dissolved with immediate effect. Also, he said that the Inspector General of police would communicate further.
“PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE: The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force @PoliceNG has been dissolved WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT. The Inspector-General of Police will communicate further developments in this regard.” The tweet read.
He further noted, that the officers will be redeployed with immediate effect, and new policing arrangements addressing the gaps are being worked on and announced soon.
“All officers and men of the now-defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are to be redeployed with immediate effect. A new policing arrangement to address anticipated policing gaps the dissolution of SARS will cause is being worked on and will be announced by @PoliceNG.” The tweet read.
PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE: The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force @PoliceNG has been dissolved WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.
The Inspector General of Police will communicate further developments in this regard.
— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) October 11, 2020
The Nigeria Police force reiterated the Presidency statement. In a press conference on Sunday in Abuja, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed A. Adamu, said the unit had been abolished “with immediate effect”, a move that was “in response to the desires of the Nigerian people”.
— Nigeria Police Force (@PoliceNG) October 11, 2020
The latest protests that sparked the country for the better part of last week were triggered by a video which circulated online that showed a member of SARS Unit shooting a man in the Southern Delta region.