EndSARS Campaigners have rejected order, Hours after Nigeria Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris issued order to reorganize and investigate the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, following uprising wide media protest with hashtag #EndSARS by Nigerians after alleged killing of youth in Lagos by the security operatives.
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris issued the directive on Monday afternoon for all police commissioners to cease issuing orders to SARS operatives at state level across the country, three days after Nigerians flooded the social media with grievous allegations of criminal conducts by SARS personnel.
Under the new arrangement, SARS officers will now be controlled by officers between the rank of a superintendent of police to chief superintendent of police at scf e,tate level, according to details of the directive distributed by police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, Monday afternoon.
A commissioner of police will have the overall supervision of the department from the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
The squad has also been moved from Force Criminal Investigation Department to Department of Operations. All changes are effective immediately, Mr. Moshood stated.
All complaints against SARS officers will be investigated and errant officers will face disciplinary action, the directive promised.
But Segun Awosanya, one of the lead campaigners against alleged infractions by SARS, welcomed the move, but said it fell short at satisfying their demand.
“We thank the IGP for at least showing that he has the ears of the masses,”
“But he should realise that the police cannot be the judge in its own case and this matter is beyond him.” He told newsmen.
Mr. Awosanya said Nigerians have long suffered a myriad of brutal assaults by SARS personnel, and nothing but an absolute closure would make up for its alleged atrocities.
“Based on all the evidence we’ve gathered over the years, it’s very clear that SARS cannot be redeemed,” he said. “You can’t just reshuffle men whose only approach to policing is brutality and expect them to change overnight.”!
“A new special squad that would tackle armed robbery should be formed and new personnel with modern training be put in charge,” he added.
Mr. Awosanya and his team met with Speaker Yakubu Dogara in September to submit a petition which contained alleged abuses by SARS operatives. A copy of the petition was also delivered to Senate President Bukola Saraki.