Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has ordered the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to immediately restructure the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Osinbajo ordered that there be a complete overhaul of the management and activities of SARS.
This directive was announced by the Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, in a statement signed on Tuesday.
This is coming after widespread complaints and critical reports about the activities SARS.
According to the statement, Osinbajo instructed the IGP to ensure that any unit that emerges from the overhaul is intelligence-driven, restricted to the prevention and detection of armed robbery, kidnapping, apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences, and nothing more.
The Acting President also directed the IGP to ensure that all operatives in the emerging unit “conduct their operations in strict adherence to the rule of law and due regard to International Human Rights Law and the constitutionally guaranteed rights of suspects.
“The operatives should also bear proper identification anytime they are on duty,” he added.
Also, Osinbajo ordered the National Human Rights Commission to set up a Special Panel that will conduct an investigation into the alleged unlawful activities of SARS.
He said the panel would afford members of the public the opportunity to present their grievances and get justice.