Government & Politics

Security Expert Hails IGP For SARS Overhaul

A security expert, Dr. Ona Ekhomu, has hailed Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris for the administrative and operational measures announced to overhaul the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

He said the action by the IGP showed that the government was responsive to the concerns and complaints of citizens.

Ekhomu, the president of Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria (AISSON), in a statement yesterday, said the new administrative measure, which centralised the SARS organisation in the office of the IGP, was a mistaken strategy, which would deepen lack of accountability of the unit.

He said the problem with SARS was not the organisational structure, but their excessively violent behaviour, which involved brutality, torture, high-hardened extra-judicial murders and so on.

The expert said it was a “big mistake” to relocate SARS from FCID to Operations Directorate.

He said SARS, as a tactical/detective unit, naturally and operationally resided in the Investigations Directorate.

Ekhomu added: “Reform must be aimed at improving process activities, service delivery, and quality of service, but reform should never be for its own sake.”

He said the investigative strategy of the Police had been to cast SARS as the “bad cop”, which was designed to strike fear in the hearts of hardened criminals.

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