The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has denied reports that he has revived the banned police unit, Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
Several reports online indicated that the IGP has brought back the notorious police unit and ordered new terms and conditions on the operation of SARS officials.
Reacting to the report, the Nigeria Police in a statement issued by their spokesperson, CP Frank Mba, on Thursday described the report as ‘absolutely false’.
The statement read, “The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a false news report making the rounds online and offline suggesting that the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the re-establishment of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
“The Force wishes to categorically emphasise that there is no plan whatsoever to bring back the disbanded SARS.
“SARS is gone for good and will not resurrect under any guise whatsoever.
“The IGP notes that the Force has since reorganised its operational structure to fill the vacuum created by the disbandment of SARS. Currently, the leadership of the Force is focused on efforts at deepening reforms within the police and bequeathing Nigerians a Police Force that will be more effective, efficient, technology-driven, humane and rule of law-compliant.
“The IGP, therefore, calls on members of the public to disregard the report which is absolutely false and deliberately intended to disinform and misinform members of the public.”