The Presidency on Monday said President Muhammadu Buhari does not need to sign an Executive Order to disband the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The Personal Assistant on New Media to the President, Bashir Ahmad, disclosed this via Twitter.
“The defunct SARS was a unit of the Police, it was an administrative creation of the IG of Police, not created by executive order or legislative act.
“We actually don’t need an executive order to fully disband the unit when the IGP with full authority has already disbanded it,” he said.
While noting that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has used his authority to disband SARS, he argued that the squad does was not created by any legislative act.
The defunct SARS was a unit of the Police, it was an administrative creation of the IG of Police, not created by any executive order or legislative act. We actually don’t need an executive order to fully disband the unit when the IGP with full authority has already disbanded it.
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) October 12, 2020
Ahmad’s comments followed the continuation of #EndSARS protests across the country with the protesters demanding five things.
These include the immediate release of all arrested protesters; justice for all deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families and setting up an independent body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of all reports of police misconduct (within 10 days).
Other demands include psychological evaluation and retraining of all disbanded SARS before they can be redeployed and increase in police salary so that they are adequately compensated for protecting the lives and property of citizens.
The police unit was founded in 1992 to combat cases of armed robbery, kidnapping, and other violent crimes. But SARS, instead, over time, has gained notoriety for its reckless intimidation of innocent civilians through puerile profiling and wanton abuse of power.
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