By Uche Mbah
The newly decorated acting Inspector General of Police, Mohamed Adamu, has ordered the disbandment of the Fsars, The Source has learnt.
In a twit by Bashir Ahmaad, a media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, the presidency announced the decision to suspend the controversial branch of the Nigerian police by the new acting IG.
“The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed A. Adamu has ordered the immediate disbandment of the Federal SARS, Special Investigation Panel and Special Tactical Squad. Details @PoliceNG,” he had tweeted. It was gathered that they will now be under the supervision of the respective Commissioners.
It will be recalled that there has been hues and cries from the public based on complaints about the activities of the arm of the police, with many recommending that the department be scrapped completely. But instead of scrapping it, the former Inspector General of Police, mohamed Idris, centralized it into Federal, or FSARs. However, the new acting IG has again decentralized it, and was said to have also disbanded other groups. This includes the Special Investigation Panel (SIP) and Special Tactical Squad (STS).
In their place he established a Special Election Investigation Team (SEIT) which will be saddled with election issues like the prosecution of electoral offenders and overseeing election issues.
The new Acting IG appears to have hit the ground running since he assumed office. This is the second time he has reversed his predecessor’s decision on assumption of office. The first thing he did was to reverse the redeployment of the Lagos Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, who was removed by his predecessor. Accusations were rife that he took the decision after Lagos Governor, Akinwumi Ambode visited him to congratulate him before he took over power. He was said to have tasked commissioners on professionalism in a recent meeting with them.
He was head of an Interpol division for fifteen years, and was in academic environment before being appointed Acting IG.