5 Different Times SARS Have Been “Reformed”

October 10, 2020

If you’re Nigerian, there are two times you must not believe a promise. The first is when your Nigerian mother says she wants to help you save your money. The second is when the Nigerian government promises to reform the Police.

In this article, we profile all the times the Nigerian government have promised to reform SARS. But yeah, you know how that song ends. (Annoyingly short and leaves you wanting more like a Joeboy record.)

December 2017:

In December 2017, the Inspector General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, banned the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) from conducting “stop and search operations”, except when necessary.

The IGP promised to restructure and reposition the unit for effective service delivery after Nigerians cried out about the human right abuses committed by SARS officials using the #EndSARS.

Under that arrangement, he also stated that a Commissioner of Police will be the overall head of the Federal Anti-Robbery Squad nationwide under the Department of Operations, Force Headquarters Abuja. He also gave out hotlines for people to report a violation of their human rights.

August 2018:

In August 2018, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, while acting as Vice-President, stated that he had directed the Inspector General of Police to “overhaul the management and activities of SARS”, with immediate effect.

This was after Nigerians complained bitterly about the injustice being meted out on them by officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

Again, the Inspector General of Police ordered the re-organisation of SARS. In the new arrangement, the IGP overhauled SARS into FSARS and he stated that: “The Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad previously under the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department (FCIID) is henceforth to operate under the Department of Operations, Force Headquarters Abuja. The Commissioner of Police (FSARS) is answerable to the Inspector General of Police through the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Department of Operations”.

He also ordered SARS operatives from conducting “Stop and Search” raids.

January 2019:

In January 2019, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu ordered the immediate “disbandment” of SARS.

I think we know how that ended.

June 2019:

In June 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the Inspector-General of Police, the Ministry of Justice and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to “work out modalities for the implementation of the report of the Presidential Panel on the Reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) within three months”.

Of course, in hindsight, we can see that the directive was audio. (You can find it in your favorite music streaming platforms.)

October 2020:

Following outrage by many Nigerians on social media, the “Presidency”, the President, the Vice-President and the Inspector-General of Police have again issued platitudes about SARS and so-called reforms.

Just yesterday, the President again tweeted:

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Police Force also came out with this statement earlier:

But in all of this, I think you have already formed a conclusion. Please, let me articulate it for you: So-called reforms hardly work in Nigeria, and the only thing that can stop this consistent human right violations is to scrap and end the Police unit called SARS.


If you’ll be protesting peacefully, read this for tips on how to prepare for the EndSARS protests: Going For The #EndSARS Protests? Here’s Everything You’ll Need

If you can’t go to the protests for any reason, that’s okay too. Here are a couple of ways you can help out: Can’t Join The #ENDSARS Protests? Here’s How You Can Help From Home

Wondering what’s going on? Here’s a quick recap of what the protests are about: Everything You Need To Know About The #EndSars Protest

Doyin Olagunju

Join The Conversation

Bring a friend.

You'll like this

August 17, 2020

1. NIMC App Crashes What happens when the National Identity Management Commission mismanages your identity? That means I can’t afford to leave you! By Saturday the much vaunted NIMC App was available for download on digital appstores – keeping in line with the Minister of Interior’s declaration of the drive to digitise the country’s identity […]

Watch

Now on Zikoko

November 28, 2020

Tucked deep in the south-west, you’ve probably passed through Osun state on your way to other places in Nigeria. You probably didn’t spare the state another glance. Apart from playing host to Obafemi Awolowo University, arguably the best federal university in Nigeria (haters will say it’s a lie), Osun state is also home to a […]

Cross River by-election
November 27, 2020

There will be by-elections in Cross River and some states other in Nigeria on December 5, 2020, and we’re counting down to the elections. We have written about everything you need to know about the by-elections and all the candidates in the Bayelsa West and Central Senatorial by-election. In Cross River state, the death of […]

Recommended Quizzes

November 19, 2019

Regardless of what society has tried to tell us, enjoying sex is not something to be ashamed of. So, in a bid to celebrate our generation’s sexual agency, we’ve created a quiz that will accurately (again, keep your complaints to yourself) infer how many people you’ve spelt with. Try it out: 11 Quizzes For The […]

October 29, 2019

We are going to be attempting to guess when you’ll marry based on your favourite Nigerian foods. What does your fave swallow have to do with when you’ll tie the knot? Please, don’t ask complicated questions. This quiz is rigorous and accurate (don’t quote us), so just take it already. QUIZ: Why Do You Have […]

November 4, 2019

After successfully predicting when y’all are getting married (please, email any complaints to noneofourbusiness@nayousabi.com), we are back to tell you how much is currently in your account. How, you might ask? By using your taste in Nollywood, of course. Shhh. No questions. Just take it already:

October 30, 2019

2010 was a game-changing one for Nollywood, with our movies making serious cash and getting international acclaim. So, which of these hits released between 2010 and 2019 — from the pace-setting The Wedding Party to the divisive Trip To Jamaica — best suits your personality? Well, that’s what this quiz is here to answer:

More from Citizen

Cross River by-election
November 27, 2020

There will be by-elections in Cross River and some states other in Nigeria on December 5, 2020, and we’re counting down to the elections. We have written about everything you need to know about the by-elections and all the candidates in the Bayelsa West and Central Senatorial by-election. In Cross River state, the death of […]

bayelsa by-election
November 26, 2020

A few weeks, ago we wrote about the by-elections that will be taking place on December 5, 2020, including the most important things you need to know. In addition to that, we will be writing about the candidates in the Bayelsa West and Bayelsa Central senatorial by-elections. This is because it is important for you […]

UK Sanctions Nigeria
November 24, 2020

Yesterday, November 24th 2020, the UK parliament, at the Westminister Hall debated e-petition 554150, relating to Nigeria and the sanctions regime. The debate was led by Theresa Villiers MP, and it suggested sanctions for members of the Nigerian Government and police officers who have been involved in human rights abuses. The parliamentary debate has generated […]

Nigeria recession
November 23, 2020

Recession, palliative, ad-hoc committee, ultra-modern, bistro — you can’t claim to be a Nigerian if you’ve never heard these words. They are so popular, we wrote about them. Speaking of recession, on Saturday, November 22nd, 2020, the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics reported that Nigeria’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) reduced by 3.62% from September to October […]

November 19, 2020

The Nigerian police is ranked as one of the worst in the world, and the Nigerian society is notable for widespread human rights abuses. In your house or outside it, you’re always a moment away from having your rights abused by the police in Nigeria. After the #EndSARS protests, the Nigerian police have ramped up […]

CNN Lekki
November 18, 2020

Some Nigerians were still rolling in their bed this morning, trying to pick up pieces of their lives after the Lekki Massacre, when CNN Africa sent shockwaves through Nigeria’s part of the Internet.  In a brilliant collation of all the videos that have trended over the #LekkiMassacre, mixed with excellent investigative reportage that made use […]

Eromosele Adene
November 17, 2020

If you don’t know about Eromosle “Eromz” Adene’s case, well you should. The arrest of the 27-year old musician and philanthropist has generated a lot of controversy across social media, with opinions and counter opinions on how horrible the Nigerian society is, and why the Nigerian government cannot keep abusing human rights while getting away […]

Local government in Nigeria
November 16, 2020

A local government is an important part of governance in Nigeria. Local governments supplement the work of the federal government and the 36 state governments by administering a particular area. However, many Nigerians always complain about the federal government and state governments while ignoring that there is also a local government. In fact, if many […]

Watch

Trending Videos

Zikoko Originals

November 2, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
October 26, 2020
A collection of videos documenting some of the events of the EndSARS protests.
June 22, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
June 22, 2020
Hacked is an interesting new series by Zikoko made up of fictional but hilarious chat conversations.
June 4, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
June 2, 2020
Quickie is a video series where everyone featured gets only one minute to rant, review or do absolutely anything.
May 14, 2020
Isolation Diary is a Zikoko series that showcases what isolation is like for one young Nigerian working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
March 12, 2020
Life is already hard. Deciding where to eat and get the best lifestyle experiences, isn't something you should stress about. Let VRSUS do that for you.
February 6, 2020
Who doesn't want to find love? In our bid to help, we paired up a bunch of single Nigerians, sending them on an all-expense paid date, and interviewing them before and after they met.

Z! Stacks

Here's a rabbit hole of stories to lose yourself in:

Zikoko amplifies African youth culture by curating and creating smart and joyful content for young Africans and the world.
X