As part of the ongoing process to reposition the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), the Nigeria Police Force said it has began the process of dissolving the federal and state SARS into one unit that will be under the supervision of the Commissioners of Police of each Command.
The commissioner of Police in charge of SARS, Mr Haliru Gwandu, made the disclosure at the Inspector-General of Police monthly meeting with senior officers in Abuja.
Speaking on the reorganisation of SARS, CP Gwandu said it was ongoing and that a lot of changes have taken place, even as there would be training and retraining of personnel of the unit to enhance efficiency.
He explained that after reorganisation, the unit would only concentrate on violent crimes such as murder, armed robbery, cultism among others.
Gwandu said at the completion of the ongoing reorganisation of the unit, the issue of extrajudicial killings by SARS in the country would be a thing of the past.
Recall that in recent times, some groups of Nigerians had called for the scrapping of SARS over alleged harassment of innocent Nigerians.
Meanwhile, the police also said it had appealed a Federal High Court judgment awarding the Peace Corps of Nigeria a N12.5 million compensation for unlawful arrest and detention of its officials.
The commissioner of Police in charge of the legal department, CP David Igbodo, who disclosed this, said the force was a law abiding institution and would always obey any court judgment after carrying out all legal options in any case.
According to him, “We are on appeal and we have transmitted records to the Court of Appeal, until the full process of the court is completed, no action will be taken about the Peace Corps.”
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had on November 9 ordered the Nigeria Police to pay N12.5 million to the Peace Corps of Nigeria as compensation for unlawful arrest and detention of its officials and unseal its headquarters in Abuja.