INSECURITY: SARS disbandment creating vacuum — IGP

Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Alkali Usman Baba, yesterday, said the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, has created a vacuum in the efforts of the Nigeria Police to tackle insecurity in the country.

Lamenting that the aftermath of the #EndSARS protest has dampened the morale of personnel, he said the regular policemen and women have not been able to immediately fill the vacuum created by the disbanded SARS, even though he said efforts are ongoing to train them for the new role.

Financiers of IPoB, ESN, nabbed — IGP

Speaking at the briefing organized by the Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Police boss also said some alleged sponsors/financiers of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and the Eastern Security Network, ESN, had been arrested.

Besides, the IGP said no fewer than 1,166 high-profile suspects were arrested nationwide between April and May 2021, as well as those who attacked Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, recently.

The IGP said the police are looking at the involvement of suspected IPOB/ESN sponsors in their custody and those outside the country, adding that after a thorough investigation, they would be arraigned in court.

He also said the police had recorded successes against secessionists and suspected criminals in the South-East, adding that suspects in the police custody couldn’t be prosecuted because of the ongoing strike by judiciary workers.

Recruitment of new cops going on

On the plan to recruit 10,000 new police personnel, he revealed that the process had reached 70 per cent, assuring that the exercise would be in line with the Federal Character principle. The Police boss said that parading of suspects was a way of updating the public on their efforts to curb criminality.

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