Nigerian police spokesperson, Frank Mba, has stated that disbanding SARS is not the right thing for Nigeria.
In an interview with Channels TV on Friday, October 9, Mba echoed that the unit is too important to Nigerian society to be scraped.
Mba said the Police Force can only listen to calls to reform the unit, but not to scrap it as it serves an important function.
“If the End SARS movement is a call for the total disbandment of SARS, I will tell you very clearly that it is difficult for any responsible organisation to walk that path taking into cognisance the amount of investment that the government has made in setting up that department and critical role that department is playing,” he said.
Mba also described some of those advocating for the scrapping of the unit as fake people, or people who are benefiting from criminal activities.
“Some of those pushing for #EndSARS are pseudo-activists, people who are desperate for public validation, and people who are looking to be seen as social media influencers. These are the people that post fake news,” he said.
According to new measures approved by IGP Adamu, FSARS and other tactical squads are banned from carrying out routine patrols, and other conventional low-risk duties including stop and search duties, checkpoints, mounting of roadblocks, and traffic checks.
“The IGP has warned the tactical squads against the invasion of the privacy of citizens particularly through indiscriminate and unauthorized search of mobile phones, laptops and other smart devices.
“They are to concentrate and respond only to cases of armed robbery, kidnapping and other violent crimes when the need arises”, he concluded.