After several days of protests, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, earlier this week dissolved the SARS unit due to its history of misuse of power and maltreatment.
The Presidential Panel on the Reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has approved a list of fresh demands made by protesters who have demonstrated in the streets against police brutality over the past week.
The President has announced in a statement on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, that the panel has approved the fresh demands after various meetings.
According to President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide, Femi Adesina, the panel reaffirmed the constitutional rights of Nigerians to peaceful assembly and protest and the role of the Police in protecting them.
Adesina said the panel affirmed the five-point demand as genuine concerns that will be addressed by the government. Demands approved by the panel includes an order for the IGP to stop the use of force against protesters, and order the release of arrested protesters.
The panel also recommended the psychological evaluation, training, and retraining of disbanded SARS officials prior to redeployment to other units of the Force.
An independent investigation panel is also to be set up, under a week, to look into the violations of human rights by the defunct SARS and other segments of the Force.
“An open call for Memoranda from members of the public whose rights have been violated by the defunct SARS and other segments of the Police will be released by the Commission within one week,” the statement said.
The panel said it is important that immediate steps are taken to restore public confidence and trust in the Police Force.