First, the Federal Government should constitute a committee whose members will not be biased. They should not be those with political and selfish interest. This implies bringing in tested and trusted professionals, who know what it takes to overhaul a security agency. We will get good results but if the government uses the wrong people, Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS will remain what it is.
Mr Paul Rosanwo, Businessman
Reformation of SARS must translate into ending of serious human rights violations that SARS officers have been committing, The officers are known for unlawful detention, torture, extrajudicial killings, extortion from innocent Nigerians and even kidnapping. SARS officers found to have committed these various atrocities should be brought to justice in order to build the confidence of Nigerians in the new Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad FSARS,
Mercy Ashibogwu Analyst
The government should bring in qualified people to streamline, plan and strategise on how to achieve the desired result in the security services. Reforming FSARS is very necessary because policing is an essential element of crime-fighting. If the anti-robbery squad is well repositioned, the crime rate in Nigeria will drop significantly.
Mrs. Kofoworola Onadele
We cannot say that men of SARS as the organisation was known were not doing enough to fight crime. Nigerians are only concerned about the excesses of some personnel. Going forward, the government should redefine their mandate and give them an acceptable method of operation. For there to be a reduction in the level of crime, we need an outfit like FSARS but they should desist from those things Nigerians are complaining about.
Mr. Japhet Omene Graduate
Since the federal government has decided to reform SARS, it is a good development that should be supported. They should be mandated to confront arm robbery cases and violent crimes only rather than harassing innocent people. The harassment of innocent Nigerians is an aspect of their operations that needs to stop. However, what was demanded was #endsars not overhauling.
*Miss Ikems Fanny Student
I think the directive of the Vice President to the Inspector General of Police to overhaul SARS is long-overdue. What the government has done is acceptable considering the fact that some SARS officers have given SARS a bad name. The only solution is to have a decentralized system in its operations. The Police should be prompt in disciplining erring officers. Accurate data of all SARS officers should be made available for easy identification. There should be a platform for regular interface with the public.
Mr. Ifeanyi Okoye Graduate
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