SARS needs reformation, not disbandment—Lawyers

been blamed for illicitly capturing and tormenting honest residents.

Some legal practitioners and concerned Nigerians, yesterday, called on the Federal Government and the Police to provide world class training for operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad(SARS), instead of disbanding the unit as being agitated in some quarters.

They made the submission following recent killings of innocent Nigerians by policemen.

A security expert and Chief Executive Officer of Concentric Security, Mr. Adoya Amali said: “The entire Nigeria Police Force needs to be reformed, not just SARS. The killing of the football fan in Lagos and killing of the Civil Defence officer, Jombo, in Abuja was not done by SARS.

“There has been sanity in SARS since the agitation for reforms. I am for a reformed SARS and they need continuous training and retraining for them to stay within their core mandate which is fighting robbery.”

Also speaking, a Lagos-based lawyer, Agnegbodo Bartholomew, said: “I am for SARS reformation in the sense that most of the killings ascribed to SARS of recent were not done by their operatives.

“Nigerians mistake all policemen in other formations for SARS. One thing that is glaring is that there are provisions within the Police Act and our Criminal Code to take care of any policeman that misbehaved.

“The re-orientation to uphold the civil norms in policing should be encouraged. There should be constant retraining on the use of fire arms to avoid the incident of extra-judicial killing in the cause of operations. As regard their functions, we cannot shut our eyes to the over-bearing functions of men of the SARS.”

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