After scrapping SARS, police to investigate cases of human rights violations by operatives

After scrapping SARS, police to investigate cases of human rights violations by operatives
By Ekene Agbor
Inspector General of Police in Nigeria
IGP Adamu


The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Muhammad Adamu, has said the Force is constituting an Investigation Team that will investigate cases of human rights violations by its operatives.
In a statement issued by DCP Frank Mba, the Force Public Relations Officer obtained by News Boom on Sunday, IGP Adamu said the team 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.
Following relentless protests by Nigerians across the country, IGP Adamu bowed to pressure and announced the scrapping of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) across the 36 State Police Commands and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
ENDSARS protesters being watered and teargassed
ENDSARS protesters in Abuja
The Police boss said he listened to the nationwide campaign “in the finest spirit of democratic, citizen-centred and community policing.”
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The IGP, while noting that the dissolution of SARS is in response to the yearnings of the Nigerian people, observes that by this dissolution, all officers and men of the now defunct Special Anti-robbery Squad are being redeployed with immediate effect.
The IGP noted that the Force is not oblivious of the ever present need to combat armed robbery, kidnapping and other violent crimes in the country which was before now the core mandate of the erstwhile Squad. He assures 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.
Jimoh Isiaka shot to death in Ogbomosho
A resident of Ogbomosho killed during ENDSARS protest
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.


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