“We will make sure that the replacement for SARS is acceptable,” Vice President Osinbajo.
Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of Nigeria, responded to the dissolution of the Anti-Robbery Special Squad (SARS).
Osinbajo, who spoke to state chamber correspondents on Monday, October 12, said he would make sure that the SARS replacement is acceptable to all stakeholders in the country.
“I think the most important thing is that SARS has been disbanded, and that PGI has also made a commitment to ensure that not only is it disbanded, but that everything that takes its place gets the full participation of civil society groups and everyone other interested parties.
“A few minutes ago, the president spoke about this, in particular, that the dissolution of SARS is only the first step in a large-scale police reform.
“I think everyone is now busy monitoring the police force as well as the police force that will live up to the expectations of the Nigerians. The purpose of law enforcement and police is to ensure the safety of the lives and livelihoods of Nigerians. So we are all busy. I don’t think this is someone’s exclusive prerogative, we are all very busy.
“The President also spoke about the prosecution of all law enforcement agencies that should have committed illegal actions. I think this is all a commitment, but we also need to understand that it is a process; it is not an event. Reform is a process and we must all work hard and focus on these issues.
“I think the clear signal is that the government has a responsibility to ensure that, in the reform process, those who commit wrongdoing are properly investigated and prosecuted. And what replaces SARS is acceptable, above all, in compliance with all the principles of the rule of law and human rights.
“I think these are deep issues that worry all of us, I don’t think one person is more concerned than others. I have also been involved in many cases where many young people have tried to resolve this type of conflict that has been reported. I think now is a good time for the police and for all of us to try to reform the police. We are all committed to the cause. “