After months of several complaints by Nigerians country-wide, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigerian Police has been shut down.

The decision to scrap the arm was made by the acting president Yemi Osinbajo, and was announced in a statement through his spokesperson, Laolu Akande.

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The statement reads in part: “Following persistent complaints and reports on the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) that border on allegations of human rights violations, His Excellency, Professor Yemi Osinbajo SAN, Acting-President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, has directed the Inspector General of Police to, with immediate effect, overhaul the management and activities of SARS and ensure that any unit that will emerge from the process, will be intelligence-driven and restricted to the prevention and detection of armed robbery and kidnapping, and apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences, and nothing more.”

It’s a major victory for the Nigerian masses, who have suffered plenty at the hands of errant officers of the police.

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