Nigerian pop singer, Korede Bello, has made an attempt to restore peace between Nigerians and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, a department of the Nigeria Police Force.
Through his initiative, he held a forum yesterday on ‘Police Accountability’ in Lagos 24-hours after some Nigerians staged a nationwide protest to end SARS for their alleged recklessness and civilian brutality.
Speaking at the forum, Ruggedman, Dr. Sid, Simi, Sound Sultan, Korede Bello and ace broadcaster, Sulaiman Aledeh, all noted that the campaign to end SARS was a wrong move but there was a need to reforming SARS.
Police PRO, CSP Jimoh Moshood, and Dolapo Badmos, the Zonal police public relations officer for Lagos and Ogun State commended the Korede Bello Initiative, reassuring Nigerians that the reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad was currently going on.
”If you have any complaint about any SARS officer, report and it will be dealt with appropriately by the Police,” Badmos said.
CSP Moshood also stated that there were plans by Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to reform SARS, saying, “We have families and we feel your pain. The Special Anti-Robbery Squad reform is currently going on. SARS reform is the way to go and not to end SARS. SARS has been doing very well in ensuring that robbery crime is reduced in the country. However, concerns and allegations against them on the violation of human rights are being investigated on the directive of the Inspector General of Police. The reform that he has put in place is to ensure that SARS is streamlined just as the Mobile Police Force under a unified commander at the Force headquarters.”