Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Sunday said the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) is a victory for the Nigerian youths following the nationwide protests against the squad.
The governor while commending the youths for the peaceful manner they conducted themselves during the protests, stated that their actions have shown what democracy truly stands for.
Governor Sanwo-Olu also called on the youths to sheathe their swords following the positive response to their demands
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has reacted to the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying he listened to the voice of the Nigerian people over their dissatisfaction with the operations of the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force.
Lawan said with the courageous decision to dissolve the police unit, the President and his government have shown themselves as responsive to the feelings of the people.
He also commended the Inspector-General of Police for the decision and challenged him to come up with measures for the transformation of the Nigeria Police into effective law enforcement and crime-fighting agency that is also a true and respected friend of the Nigerian people.
Similarly the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to ensure officers of the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) who are involved in human rights abuses are punished.
Gbajabiamila said in a statement by his spokesman, Lanre Lasisi, that the dissolution of SARS was a necessary response by the government to the outcry arising from multiple documented excesses of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) across the country.
The Speaker while expressing his displeasure about the police’s manhandling of some protesters, who came out in numbers to protest peacefully, charged the IGp to ensure that necessary steps are taken to reform the force.