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SARS Disbandment Created Vacuum In Fight Against Insecurity, Says IGP

The acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, on Thursday, disclosed that the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) created a vacuum in Nigeria’s Police effort at fighting insecurity.

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The acting IGP spoke at the weekly Ministerial briefing, organized by the Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

He also disclosed that the morale of the personnel of the force had remained dampened aftermath of the #EndSARS protest and with the recent attacks in the Southeast.

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He said the regular policemen and women have not been able to immediately slot into the vacuum created by the SARS disbandment even though efforts are ongoing to train them for the new role.

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The acting IGP affirmed that the security situation stabilizes most times but with pockets of problems around the country.

Usman said that the police has recorded successes against secessionists and criminals in the southeast but they can not be prosecuted and brought to justice because of the ongoing strike by judiciary workers.

On the plan to recruit 10,000 new police personnel, he revealed that the process has reached 70 percent, assuring that the exercise would stick to the Federal Character principle.

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He said the suspects that attacked Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on his farm on, March 20, 2021, have been arrested and are in custody for the past one month.

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