Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has ordered immediate total overhauling of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS).
Osinbajo gave the order in a statement signed his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande.
He also directed investigation into cases of alleged violations of the squad’s mandate.
The statement reads “Following persistent complaints and reports on the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) that border on allegations of human rights violations, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to, with immediate effect, overhaul the management and activities of SARS and ensure that any Unit that will emerge from the process, will be intelligence-driven and restricted to the prevention and detection of armed robbery and kidnapping, and apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences, and nothing more.
“The Acting President has also directed the IGP to ensure that all operatives in the emerging Unit conduct their operations in strict adherence to the rule of law and with due regard to International Human Rights Law and the constitutionally guaranteed rights of suspects.”
“The operatives should also bear proper identification anytime they are on duty.”
“In the meantime, the Acting President has directed the National Human Rights Commission to set up a Special Panel that will conduct an investigation of the alleged unlawful activities of SARS in order to afford members of the general public the opportunity to present their grievances with a view to ensuring redress.”
Acting President Prof Yemi Osinbajo has directed IG of @PoliceNG to with immediate effect “overhaul the management and activities of SARS.”
Congrats to ALL #ENDSARS Crusaders: @segalink, @DrJoeAbah etc.
Greater Works 💪 pic.twitter.com/jE4Hn6IPGZ
— Gbemi Dennis (@GbemiDennis) August 14, 2018
We WON Guys! #EndSARS #ReformPoliceNG @julietkego @Tutsy22 @DrJoeAbah Time to build a new. The #NewNigeria is real. Congrats to @PoliceNG as we begin to reform. Out with the Old and welcome the New. 👏🏼👏🏼 #OsinbajoDelivers pic.twitter.com/jHlyjbirsn
— SEGA L’éveilleur®🚨 (@segalink) August 14, 2018
Well done to you @segalink and the team. It takes a lot of discipline to remain methodical, focused & persistent without allowing a rush of blood to the head to derail efforts. For academics like us, the process you all have adopted to successfully #EndSARS is worthy of study👏🏽
— Dr. Joe Abah (@DrJoeAbah) August 14, 2018