We Will Reform SARS To Meet Your Expectations, Says Police…Vows To Disengage Erring Officers
The Deputy Inspector General of police (Operations), DIG Habila Joshak, has said that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a detachment of the Nigeria Police Force, will not be scrapped but will be reorganized to meet the expectation of the public.
DIG Joshak stated this in Abuja, on Monday, while addressing concerned men and women association and other civil society groups at a rally organized at Eagle Square in Abuja.
While commending the group for showing support for the Nigeria Police Force, Joshak mentioned that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the immediate re-organization of SARS across the country following the #EndSARS campaign launched on Twitter by some Nigerians.
“I want to assure you that the IGP has already given directive that SARS must be reorganized to meet the expectation of the community.
“We are living in a global world where anything can be heard from anywhere. I want to promise you that we will carry everybody along. The SARS will take the shape of a Commissioner of Police that will head the unit, and make a selection of those who have acquired courage. A lot of them have acquired courage, but if they have abused that courage, it will be addressed publicly,” Joshak revealed.
On how SARS will be rebranded, he said: “SARS will be branded in such a way that they will be there for you by marauding firearm bearers and those with the motive of intention to terminate someone’s life. We will supervise them closely to make sure that they comply with the standard operation procedures for the SARS.”
“I want to invite anyone whose right has been abused to come out and report these officers. We also want also human rights organization, and some of you that have pointed out to us some of the wrongs that our men have done in the past to join us so that whatever outcomes of such complains will be put on the table for public view.
“This administration will be open and also cooperate with them to suggest to us how they want us to police them. We will address all complains about SARS, we will address from state to state, from division to the last station. We will bring individuals to account for their actions without fear or favour. We promise Nigerians that we will not abuse their rights.
“SARS have something to offer, but if they have gone contrary to their assignment, we are going to address that and we are going to ensure justice is done and justice prevails.
“We will pursue all complains on social media that has been out together by the Force Public Relations Officer Jimoh Moshood.”
Joshak also assured that officers implicated in such complains and operated outside the standard operation procedures of the police and SARS will be taken out of the force.
On his part, the Deputy National Chairman (North) of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), Mr. Sanusi Maijama’a Ajiya, said that SARS has to live but must also be reformed to control robbery and kidnapping cases in the country.
His words: “IGP has assured that he will put SARS in the right position and take action on any officer found violating rights of citizens. IGP is a leader has taken the step to reform SARS.”