Police Speak Out on Bringing back the Disbanded SARS
The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has denied media reports that it intends to resurrect the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), which was disbanded last year.
According to the report, Usman Baba, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), issued new terms and guidelines to govern the notorious unit of the force known for violating human rights and carrying out extrajudicial killings.
The brutal police unit was finally disbanded in October of last year after Nigerians staged historic global protests demanding its abolition.
However, in a statement issued on Thursday by police spokesman Frank Mba, the force described the report as false.
“The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a false news report making the rounds online and offline claiming that the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc has ordered the re-establishment of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS),” the statement reads. “The Force wishes to state unequivocally that there is no plan to resurrect the defunct SARS.” SARS has died and will not return under any circumstances.
“The IGP notes that the Force has since reorganized its operational structure to fill the void left by SARS’s disbandment.”
“Baba stated that the Force’s leadership is focused on efforts to deepen reforms within the Force and leave Nigerians with a Police Force that is more effective, efficient, technology-driven, humane, and Rule of Law-compliant.”
“As a result, the IGP urges members of the public to disregard the report, which is completely false and deliberately intended to misinform and misinform members of the public,” the police added.