By G9ija

An Abuja-based NGO, Initiative for Leadership Development and Change (ILDC), has lauded the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu and the Senate for the suspension of activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The decision was sequel to complaints and reports on the activities of SARS, a unit within the police, on several cases of harassment, extortion and misconduct against innocent Nigerians.

Chief Ugochukwu Nnam, President of the group, told NAN on Thursday in Abuja that the IGP, the Presidency and the Senate had demonstrated responsive and responsible leadership as regards the issue of SARS.

Nnam decried the alleged brutality of SARS, which he described as anti-democratic and illegal, thus undermining the tenets of democracy.

He stressed that a lot still needed to be done to end the excessive use of force, extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary detention and extortion by squad.

“SARS has abandoned its constitutional role of intervening during armed robbery operations.

“Adequate reforms must be done for Nigerians to trust the police to provide law enforcement, according to the Nigerian laws and conform to international standards,’’ he said.

The ILDC President, who passed a vote of confidence on the IGP, called on Nigerians to support him.

According to him, it takes only a man or leader with courage and love for the people to take such a decision.

Nnam urged SARS to reconsider its operations, especially under a democratic dispensation, describing many of its operations as anti-people and unconstitutional.

He advised SARS to exercise restraint in violating the rights of Nigerians, when the impending suspension of its operations was eventually lifted.