The Nigeria Police Force has announced that a Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Operations has been designated to oversee the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Nigerians on social media had with the hashtag #EndSARS relayed experiences of extortion and kidnapping at the hands of the special squad.
The Police had said while the squad could not be scrapped, it will be reformed to curtail abuse on human rights.
In a statement released on Friday on the Nigeria Police official Twitter, after an Inspector General of Police lecture with FSARS Commanders on Standard Operational Procedure, the police said a Commissioner of Police will also be appointed as a field commander of all activities relating to the squad. The Police wrote:
The NPF in it proactive demonstration of its sensitives to the yearnings & demands of modern policing has emplaced the underlisted measures.
To stem the remote concerns generated by perceived inadequacies of the SARS Operatives.
The designation of the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Operations to lead SARS as the Strategic Commander.
The appointment of a Commissioner of Police as a field Commander of all activities related to SARS.
All SARS Operatives are answerable to the DIG Operations through the CP FSARS and Commissioners of Police of the Commands.