Ondo state police command has warmed criminal elements not to see the disbandment of SARS’ as an opportunity to perpetrate evil
The command’s spokesman, Tee Leo Ikoro while having a conversation with Orange FM’s Otobot Jim noted that nothing has changed about the command’s capacity to deal decisively with criminal elements
The decision of the Inspector General of Police to disband SARS followed continued protests across the country, calling on the President to personally make proclamation among other demands.
SARS was one of the 14 units in the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department of the Nigeria Police which was established with the mandate to detain, investigate and prosecute people involved in armed robbery and kidnapping among others.
These they achieved for years and won the hearts of Nigerians who had been victims of men of the underworld.
However, along the line, SARS deviated from its main call and shifted its interest to checking valuables such as iPhones,laptops, jewelries, cars especially from the youths.
On many occasions,they had been accused of felonious crimes, like extortion, extrajudicial killings, harassment and dehumanization of young Nigerians.
Tired by this development, Nigerian youths across the Country including Ondo State embarked on some peaceful protests, carrying placards with various inscriptions such as ,END SARS NOW, WE DONT NEED SARS, END POLICE BRUTALITY among others, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari and Police IG to terminate SARS operation.
Fortunately, their prayers were answered as the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu on the orders of the Federal Government, bowed and dissolved SARS, noting that all officers and men of the now defunct Special Anti-robbery Squad would be redeployed to various units.
Some residents of Akure who spoke with orange fm lauded the action of the Inspector – General of police but expressed serious concern about the likely effects.
A public affairs Analyst, Daisi Adetarami opined that a comprehensive reform should be carried out in the force, saying this will help them serve Nigerians better.
The Police Image Maker in the state , Tee Leo Ikoro,who commended Akure youths for staging a peaceful protest, said measures to prevent a re-occurrence of events that gave rise to the dissolution of SARS are in the pipeline.
Meanwhile, officers of the disbanded SARS have been asked to report the Police Headquarters in Abuja for debriefing and other reforms.