New unit to replace SARS will begin training next week, says IGP

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammad Adamu, says new unit to replace the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad will begin training next week.

This was revealed on Monday when singer Davido, paid the IGP a visit over the against SARS.

The IGP, on Sunday, announced that SARS has been disbanded after Nigerians took to the streets to protest brutality and extrajudicial killings by officials of the police unit.

Adamu said the security authorities of the disbanded unit would be retrained and given other responsibilities in the police force.

However, he said that SARS would not be reabsorbed into the new unit.

“We admit the trust gap is wide but we will work to bridge that gap,” Adamu said.

“We just disbanded SARS yesterday (Sunday), so protesters should calm down and give us time to fix the problem. The general public will be part of the process of getting a new outfit.

“I’m talking to you, so, I will keep talking to many others and get civil societies involved and get their input towards the new unit.”

The IGP added that the families of victims of SARS brutality will be compensated after the incidents have been investigated.

“The issue of compensation to the families of those affected by SARS would be addressed when investigations are concluded. We want justice to be done and justice will be done,” he said.

Davido while addressing newsmen, said the IGP gave him the permission to set up an independent panel that will oversee the retraining and redeployment of SARS operatives.


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