Following the outcry across Nigeria to end Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) over assault, bribery,
brutality and extra-judicial killings perpetrated by men of the squad. The inspector general of police disbanded the squad on Sunday early this week and re-branded the department yesterday.
It should be noted that, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad is the strike force of the Nigeria police. They serve as the emergency and tactical unit that respond to hostile crime and combat situations in the country.
The merits of the squad can never be over emphasized as they stake their lives on a daily basis to protect the citizens of the country under very poor and odd operating conditions.
It is an open truth that Nigeria is a country that is endermic with harsh homicidal crimes that need the use of extreme and radical measures to tackle.
The general concept of fighting crime is war as the constitution will not bend to it favor. Especially in Nigeria,
this crime war most times leads to the spill of innocent blood due poor technology and technical abilities which is a mistake because the rules of engagement is not technically and properly define.
The allegations about assault and bribery against the squad as speculated, is not being committed by the entire department
but by a microscopic few who have constituted themselves to be miscreants due to poor job situation and working conditions.
Therefore the disbandment is improper as the merits does not out-weighs the demerits, if reviewed.
It would have been proper to sanitize, re-trained and re-branded the Special Anti-Robbery Squad to suit the Nigeria civil society.