The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Rivers State has been abolished, and Governor Siminalayi Fubara has warned the police against reactivating it.
Following reports of police personnel acting like SARS in Port Harcourt and other locations, some media users have accused the police of profiling and making indiscriminate arrests.
Fubara brought up the matter in a meeting with Nwoyi Polycarp Emeka, the incoming police commissioner, on Friday at the Government House.
The governor instructed the commissioner to look into the allegations and stop harassing law-abiding people in any way.
“All stakeholders have a responsibility to collectively address the necessity of security. We kindly request that you investigate citizen complaints,” he stated.
Fubara pledged that his administration will continue to support security organizations in their efforts to protect people and property.
The governor also urged the CP to use his extensive knowledge to confront crime and criminality while being firm and honest.
“Let your familiarity with the Rivers security terrain be an advantage to effectively combat crime and criminalities in the state,” he continued.
It has been ordered that relevant government agencies including the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Zacchaeus Adango, work together with the police and other security forces.