Usman Alkali Baba, acting Inspector-General of Police, said on Thursday that the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) created a vacuum in Nigeria’s Police effort to combat insecurity.
At the weekly briefing organized by the Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the acting IGP spoke.
In addition, he stated that the morale of the personnel of the force had been negatively affected by the #EndSARS protest and the recent attacks in the Southeast.
Even though efforts are being made to prepare them for the new role, the regular police have not been able to fill the vacuum created by the disbandment of SARS.
According to the acting IGP, the security situation has stabilized most of the time, but there are pockets of problems in various parts of the country.
Usman said that the police have recorded successes against criminals and secessionists in the southeast, but they cannot be prosecuted and brought to justice because of the ongoing strike by judges.
In relation to the plan to recruit 10,000 new police personnel, he said that the process had reached 70 percent, promising that the exercise would abide by the Federal Character principle.
The suspects that attacked Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom on his farm on March 20, 2021, have been arrested and are in custody.