The Nigerian Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has been banned from carrying out its Stop and Search activities that have been described as excessive and sometimes violent.
A number of Nigerian citizens have complained about how SARS has been abusive with their methods of policing.
Instead of fighting robberies, SARS turned into a morality police group that harassed people on the streets of Nigeria based on their looks and how they have dressed.
Recently, a social media campaign was started by Nigerians to push back on what they say is the police’s intrusion of their lives.
Now, it seems that campaign has yielded results.
In a statement shared on the Nigerian presidency’s Twitter account, all forms of SARS groups setup across Nigeria have been banned from carrying out all activities that will require them to engage with the citizenry.
“All FSARS, STS, IRT & other Tactical Nigerian Police Force Squads operating at Federal, Zonal & Command levels are hereby BANNED from carrying out routine patrols & other conventional low-risk duties – stop & search duties, checkpoints, roadblocks, traffic checks, etc – WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT,” the tweet said accompanied by a statement.
It remains to see how this ban will be carried out or whether it will be respected by the SARS officers.
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