The Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Mohammed Adamu, has revealed that the training of a new police unit that will take over from the disbanded Special Anti -Robbery Squad (SARS) will commence next week.
Adamu spoke yesterday when popular musician, David Adeleke aka Davido, visited him in office over the ongoing #ENDSARS protests.
He said with SARS being disbanded, there was need to get a new structure to carry out the duties the defunct police unit was carrying out, which is fighting violent crimes.
He said the unit would be made up of fresh personnel with a fresh orientation and not officers from the scrapped unit.
Adamu said this was the first time they have decisively taken to dissolve SARS and called for calm as they continue to resolve all the issues.
He said Davido‘s visit to talk about the issue was the best way to deal with the current problem. .
He said in the formation of the new unit corrections would be taken from the experience of SARS.
“We just disbanded 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.
“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,” he said.
The IG promised to investigate all cases of brutality and bring perpetrators to book.
He said 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 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.