Finally! Inspector General of Police Dissolves SARS Throughout Nigeria

Finally! Inspector General of Police Dissolves SARS Throughout Nigeria

Sunday, October 11, 2020 2:13 pm

IGP Adamu


·        Emplaces other measures to protect the citizens

…Youth and  Sports Development Minister Mr. Sunday Dare, Commends FG on the matter

At last the hammer has fallen on the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). In the finest spirit of democratic, citizen-centred and community policing, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, today, 11th October, 2020, dissolved the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) across the 36 State Police Commands and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) where they hitherto existed.

This is contained in a press statement to TheNEWS by DSP Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja

The IGP, while noting that the dissolution of SARS is in response to the yearnings of the Nigerian people, observes that by this dissolution, all officers and men of the now defunct Special Anti-robbery Squad are being redeployed with immediate effect.

The IGP notes that the Force is not oblivious of the ever present need to combat armed robbery, kidnapping and other violent crimes in the country which was before now the core mandate of the erstwhile Squad. He assures that a new policing arrangement to address anticipated policing gaps the dissolution of SARS would cause has been evolved and shall be announced in due course.

Meanwhile, as part of measures to prevent a re-occurrence of events that gave rise to the dissolution of SARS, a Citizens’ and Strategic Stakeholders’ Forum is being formed to regularly interface with Police leadership at all levels and advise on police activities as they affect the general public.

In addition, the Force is constituting an Investigation Team which shall include Civil Society Organizations and Human Rights Bodies to work with the Police in investigating alleged cases of human rights violations. The measure, the IGP believes, will enhance transparency and accountability in police services as well as providing a system of deterrence for erring police officers whose action clearly violates the rights of the citizenry.

The IGP appreciates and commends all citizens particularly those who genuinely express their concerns for a better policing orientation in an organized, patriotic and civil manner. He reaffirms the determination of the Force to bequeath to the country a Police Force and System that is professional in service delivery and most importantly, accountable to the people.

Youth and  Sports Development Minister Mr. Sunday Dare, Commends FG on the matter


IGP Adamu, right, and Mr. Sunday Dare, duing the latter, s visit to Police headquarters in Abuja recently

Meanwhile, Youth and  Sports Development Minister Mr. Sunday Dare  has commended  the Inspector General of Police Mr Mohammed Adamu  for dissolving  SARS following  wide spread protest  over the killings of  some Youth.

The IG has been  under intense pressure to dissolve the outfit due to outrage over killings  of young Nigerians.
According to the Minister ” We commend the Inspector General of Police Mr. Mohammed Adamu for dissolving  SARS in response  to the demands of Nigerians. This is  a further  confirmation  of the sensitivity  of the Police High Command  by acting  in the best interest  of the public. I had met with the IG last week to seek for ways of ending the activities  of some bad eggs in the Police.  I believe this action would calm frayed nerves and also restore  public confidence in the Nigerian  Poilice Force. The IG has started reforming the Force, I believe  he would see it through.”
Dare further said ” As a measure  of utmost good faith, I appeal  to all our youth to remain  law abiding. Nigerian Youth  are resilient and hardworking. They must remain law abiding and not allow themselves  to be used by any group or individuals  to forment trouble”
The Minister  is expected  to meet with  Youth leaders and other civil society  groups  this week on how to foster better relationship between  the  Police and the public.





1. It is with sense of patriotism and commitment to my professional calling that I invited you to this important press briefing to address critical internal security issues.


2.    The current development in which cross sections of Nigerians are calling for the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad as a Unit in the Nigeria Police Force has remained under constant monitoring and due assessment by the government.


3.    The government acknowledges the inalienable rights of citizens to freedom of association and expression. The current agitation, in this context, is seen as a manifestation of the natural desire of citizens to participate in matters concerning policing and internal security in the nation. This is indeed one of the fundamental principles of Community Policing, which we are currently implementing.


4.    The Nigeria Police leadership has, since the commencement of the protests, been engaging the leadership of some Civil Society Organisations with a view to initiating meaningful and wide-ranging discussions on the subjects of their concern.


5.    Our valued covenant with the citizens of this nation is to serve and protect them and integrate their concerns and views into our practices, especially within the dictates of community policing principles, which constitute a critical component of the National Policing and Internal Security Strategy of the Federal Government.


6.    Following a review of the current developments, and in due cognizance of the wide and legitimately held concerns of well-meaning citizens on the existence and operations of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, as a responsive and citizens-oriented Police Force, it is hereby directed as follows:



1.  The Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police, otherwise known as SARS, ishereby dissolved across all Formations, the 36 State Police Commands and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) where they currently exist.


2.  All officers and men currently serving in the Unit are to be redeployed with immediate effect.


3.  New policing arrangements to address the offences of armed robbery, and other violent crimes that fall within the mandate of the dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad shall be presented in due course.


4.  A Citizens and Strategic Stakeholders’ Forum will be formed to regularly interface with the leadership of the police at all levels and advice on police activities.


5.  To deal with the reports of crimes committed against citizens, an investigation team will be constituted which will include civil society organisations for transparency, and culprits will be punished.


7.    I commend the vast majority of men and women of the Nigeria Police who are diligently going about their duties, guided by the dictates of the rule of law, honour and professionalism. I encourage them to sustain their sense of national service, sacrifice, patriotism and commitment to crime-fighting. Their gallant efforts to ensure the safety of the lives and property of all Nigerians are very much appreciated.


8.    I also commend all citizens that have voiced their genuine concerns for a better policing orientation in an organised, patriotic, and civil manner.


9.    I assure the nation of our firm determination to advance our police reform agenda with a view to bequeathing to our beloved nation a police institution and system that are not only accountable to the citizens, but professional in all components of its service delivery. I call on all citizens to partner with us in our drive for a peaceful and secure internal security order.


10. I thank you all and pray for Allah’s (SWT) continued protection on our beloved nation.



IGP Mohammed A. Adamu, NPM, mni

Inspector General of Police


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