PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE: The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force @PoliceNG has been dissolved WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) October 11, 2020
The Inspector General of Police will communicate further developments in this regard.
SARS has habitually been accused of harassment, unlawful arrests, torture, and murders. One of the alleged murders sparked outrage and protests across the country. The hashtag #EndSARS became the movements rallying cry and spread across the globe via social media. As a result, Nigeria's Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, decided to abolish the task force "with immediate effect" to show that the government is listening to the "yearnings of the Nigerian people."
Although the force has been dissolved, Adamu announced that the members of this squad will be reassigned to different departments within the country's police force, however.
All officers and men of the now defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are to be redeployed with immediate effect.— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) October 11, 2020
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.
"All officers and men of the now defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are to be redeployed with immediate effect," the statement continues. "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"
Despite this, Nigerians believe SARS ending is just the start, and they still have to keep working to reform the city's corrupt police force.
Now my people .. you see what our voices did...this is the beginning of a new Nigeria! Nigerian youths!! Know your rights and fight for it ! You deserve it. We all deserve it!!— Wizkid (@wizkidayo) October 11, 2020
Amidst it all. We must not forget the reasons we are protesting, we must not forget the peaceful manner of the protests and we must most certainly not back down until our demands are met! Sars ending is a great start but the task is far from completed! pic.twitter.com/DdlYqca49x— Davido (@davido) October 11, 2020
Is SARS aware that they have been dissolved?— FK. (@fkabudu) October 11, 2020
The “disbanding” of SARS is step 1. This has happened before. We have to build a form of community safety that actually makes Nigerians feel safe. Let this be a battle that’s part of a larger movement against corruption to demand a government that truly serves us 🇳🇬#EndSARS— Jidenna (@Jidenna) October 11, 2020
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