The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has called on Nigerians to discontinue the ongoing protest against the Nigeria Police Forces’ disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squat, SARS, across the country.
Recall that on Sunday, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, had announced the disbandment of the notorious police unit, following protests over the unit’s brutality.
“In the finest spirit of democratic, citizen-centred and community policing, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has 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,” the police had said in a statement.
Reacting to Senator Buhari Abdulfatai Motion on the death of a member of his constituent, Jimoh Isiaka, and attack on the Palace of Soun of Ogbomoso, by the disbanded police unit, Mr Lawan said since the protests had yielded result, there was no need for it any more.
The Senate President said: “The conduct of SARS was not acceptable and will remain in that part of our history. The entire essence of the Nigerian Police Force is to ensure there is law and other and when SARS turned against the people, it was right for the people to protest.
“The protest has yielded the desired result so far and there won’t be need to continue the protest again when SARS has been disbanded and those culprits who are involved in the killings should be brought to book.”
Also speaking, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah commended the IGP for his timely intervention in disbanding the SARS Unit.
Senator Rochas Okorocha, on his part, sought the immediate release of all the young people arrested as a result of the #EndSARS protest, “to allow for peace between the government and the governed”.