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SARS: We’ll commence training of new unit next week – IGP

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, disclosed that training of a new police unit replacing the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, will begin next week.

Mr Adamu made the disclosure on Monday while receiving a popular music artist, David Adeleke aka Davido, in his office at Force headquarters.

He noted that with the scrapping of SARS, there was need to get a new structure to carry out the duties of the defunct police unit, which is fighting violent crimes.

The IGP assured that the new outfit would be intelligence-driven, properly trained and only act on special occasions that require their attention.

He added the unit would be made up of fresh personnel with a fresh orientation and not officers from the scrapped unit.

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While noting that opportunities would be created for members of the public to participate in and make inputs to the formation of the new unit, the IGP said this was the first time they have decisively taken the decision to dissolve SARS.

He, therefore, called for calm as they continue to resolve all the issues.

He said Davido‘s visit to talk about the issue is the best way to deal with the current problem, promising that with the formation of the new unit corrections would be taken from the experience of SARS.

“We just disbanded SARS yesterday. So protesters should calm down and give us time to fix the problem. The general public will be part of the process of getting a new outfit.

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“I’m talking to you so I will keep talking to many others and get civil societies involved and get their input towards the new unit,” Mr Adamu said.

He promised to investigate all cases of brutality and bring perpetrators to book saying, “The issue of compensation to the families of those affected by SARS’ would be addressed when investigations are concluded.

“We want justice to be done and justice will be done,” he said. He said officers of the disbanded outfit would be retrained and given other responsibilities in the Force, but will not be reabsorbed into the new unit.

“We admit the trust gap is wide but we will work to bridge that gap,” he said.

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