Atiku Abubakar, on Sunday said the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS)
has offered Nigeria the opportunity to envision a police and policing system that will fulfill the interest of Nigerians.
In a statement issued by his media office and signed by Paul lbe, in Abuja on Sunday,
Mr Abubakar said that the envisaged comprehensive overhaul of the police should take into
consideration the needs of regional, state and council components.
He, however, noted that it does not augur well to redeploy the bad eggs from the disbanded SARS
to other police units as they are able to pollute those units.
Mr Abubakar said that it is important to adequately test and retrain the affected officers and ensure
that they do not come into their new duties with the same attitude that the disbanded unit was known for.
He proposed an independent judicial investigation into SARS activities to ensure
“justice for victims of extrajudicial killings and punishment for officers engaged in such acts of injustice.”
The former vice president also suggested the opening of the dreaded SARS cells for scrutiny
and stock taking of detainees.
Mr Abubakar paid tribute to the Nigerian youth for their resilience in exerting pressure on the
police authorities to disband the FSARS in response to public agitations to end abuses by the anti-robbery squad.
“This was the right thing to do. A system that brutally eliminates our youths is not one to hold on to,
and neither can we be proud of it.
“Now we can start on a clean sheet to envision an elite police unit similar to the SWAT team in America
and a comprehensive overhaul of the police and policing system that is peoples-focused,” he said.