#EndSARS: Personnel To Undergo Fresh Training
The Nigerian Police is planning fresh training programme for the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit.
There have been intensified pressure from the public to scrap the unit they accused of brutalising people and involving in extra-judicial killing.
A campaign launched on social networks with hashtag #EndSARS have also trended for days to push the police to take action.
After the Inspector General of Police (IGP) announced a reform on Monday, the spokesman for the Nigeria Police Force, Jimoh Moshood, said a training to reorganise the unit had been directed by the IGP, Ibrahim Idris.
Moshood explained that the training would be organised by the Force in collaboration with some civil society organisations, local and international NGOs and other human rights organisations.
"However, the IGP has directed the immediate reorganisation of SARS nationwide and instant investigation into all the allegations, complaints and infractions levelled against its personnel.
"In the new arrangement, a Commissioner of Police is now the overall head of the Federal Anti-Robbery Squad nationwide under the Department of Operations, Force Headquarters. Abuja.
"The police zonal commands, state commands and divisions will continue to operate anti-crime units/sections, crime prevention and control squads and teams imperative to prevent and detect crime in their area of responsibilities.
"They are also to maintain other crack squads necessary to sustain law and order and protection of lives and property in their Area of responsibilities (AOR).
"The Federal Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) will now exist and operate in the state and zonal commands under the Commissioner of Police (F-SARS) at the Force Headquarters," he said.
Top celebrities like Don Jazzy and Olamide have also joined the campaign to scrap SARS.
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