Breaking: IGP bows to #EndSARS, orders immediate reorganisation of SARS


According to the Vanguard paper, The Inspector General of Police, Idris Kpotun Ibrahim, has ordered the immediate re-organisation of special anti-robbery squad (SARS) across the country this was as a result of the #EndSARS campaign launched on Twitter by some Nigerians. The campaign had exposed some of the atrocities committed by the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad, and the IG has had no choice but to speak out on the issue.

The IGP in a statement on Monday signed by CSP Jimoh Moshood, Force Public Relations Officer Force Headquarters said

“the Nigeria Police Force has observed the recent trend of events in the Social Media on the #ENDSARSNOW and the controversy being generated by the innuendos from the allegations and other misconceptions as it concerns the Operational roles and activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a detachment of the Nigeria Police Force.

“Undoubtedly, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have been doing very well in fighting violent crimes such as Armed Robbery, Kidnappings and Cattle Rustling in the country in the recent time and this has resulted in drastic reduction of incidents of the mentioned violent crimes nationwide.

However, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM… has directed the immediate re-organisation of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) nationwide and instant investigation into all the allegations, complaints and infractions levelled against the personnel of the Special Anti Robbery Squad across the country by the IGP X-Squad of the Force.

“In the new arrangement, a Commissioner of Police is now the overall head of the Federal Anti-Robbery Squad nationwide under the Department of Operations, Force Headquarters Abuja.”

This sounds to me like “Oya take, mek I hear word”. I am not sure what reorganisation means. Will the Special Anti-Robbery Squad be less brutal? Better trained? Will the reorganisation suddenly stop extortion and violence?

Here they are TODAY, on a Monday morning, the untouchable Teflon Dons that we pay to terrorise us:

Anyway, we are here to see if there is any difference. With Nigeria, one can only hope.

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