The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has disputed claims in the media that it is considering resurrecting the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), which was abolished last year.
According to the article, Usman Baba, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), has issued new rules and standards that will regulate the notorious unit of the police that has been accused of abusing human rights and carrying out extrajudicial killings.
After Nigerians led unprecedented global rallies advocating for its abolition, the ruthless police unit was finally abolished last October.
The story was declared as false by police spokesman Frank Mba in a statement released on Thursday.
“The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a false news report making the rounds online and offline suggesting that the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc has ordered the re-establishment of the defunct Special Anti – Robbery Squad (SARS),” reads the statement. “The Force wishes to categorically emphasize that there is no plan whatsoever to bring back the disbanded SARS. SARS is gone for good and will not resurrect under any guise whatsoever.
“The IGP notes that the Force has since reorganized its operational structure to fill the vacuum created by the disbandment of SARS.
“Baba said the leadership of the Force is focused on efforts at deepening reforms within the Police and bequeathing Nigerians a Police Force that will be more effective, efficient, technology-driven, humane and Rule of Law-compliant.
“The IGP therefore calls on members of the public to disregard the report which is absolutely false and deliberately intended to misinform and misinform members of the public,” the police added.