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Oyo Rep, Akin Alabi, Files House Motion To Dissolve SARS

A member of the House of Representatives, Akin Alabi, has filed a motion before the lower chamber seeking an urgent dissolution of the controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force.

This is against the backdrop of widespread outcry against the illegal conducts of SARS operatives.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker representing Egbeda/Ona Ara constituency in Oyo State, said SARS operatives have become so lawless that even the Inspector-General of the Police “can no longer contain their excesses.”

He decried how Nigerians harbour fear of the unit.

“Policing in Nigeria continues to fall short of modern practices where citizens should be treated with utmost respect and decorum, therefore making it very difficult for an average citizen to truly trust that the police are their friends,” Alabi said.

The lawmaker noted that there is enough evidence in the public domain to proscribe SARS immediately, warning that the unit has committed “enough atrocities.”

Members of the House were notified of the motion on Monday and it would likely be considered at plenary this week.

In an apparent response to the outcry to #ENDSARS, the Inspector-General Mohammed Adamu, on Sunday, banned SARS and other tactical squads from “routine patrols and stop and search duties.”

Also, on Sunday, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, berated the operatives involved in harassing and brutalising young people. He described their actions as “annoying” and “unacceptable.”

The vice president, who noted President Muhammadu Buhari’s concern, promised a reform of the controversial unit.

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