President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, October 12, reacted to continued protests across the country over police brutality, reform of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and abolishment of the police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The Nigerian leader in his first public statement since the EndSARS protest began across the country four days ago said that the disbanding of SARS is only the first step in his administration’s effort to the commitment of extensive police reforms.
Buhari in an address shared on his Twitter page further spoke on the agitations of Nigerians regarding excessive use of force, extrajudicial killings, and wrongful conduct by men of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF).
“The disbanding of SARS is only the first step in our commitment to extensive police reforms in order to ensure that the primary duty of the police and other law enforcement agencies remains the protection of lives and livelihood of our people.”
President Buhari went on to note that the reform was in order to ensure that the primary duty of the police and other law enforcement agencies remains the protection of the lives and livelihood of the people
PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE: The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force @PoliceNG has been dissolved WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.
The Inspector General of Police will communicate further developments in this regard.— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) October 11, 2020
All officers and men of the now defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are to be redeployed with immediate effect.
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.— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) October 11, 2020