-Falana says SARS is partially illegal under a democratic and civilian dispensation.
-He submitted that SARS should be made up exclusively of Police personnel and not a mixture of the army and police.
Falana calls for total overhaul of the special anti-robbery squad.
Popular human right activist and Lagos based lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has described the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigeria Police as a legacy of the military government.
He also submitted that the unit needs to be totally overhauled.
Falana made the disclosure while speaking on Channels Television Breakfast Programme, Sunrise Daily, on Tuesday.
He further stated that the unit needs urgent re-orientation to be able to operate within the current democratic setting in which Nigeria currently operates rather than the military setting they were hitherto used to.
“You must remove the soldiers in SARS and retrain the police among them. You re-orientate them because they still behave as if they are under military dictatorship because SARS is a legacy of military dictatorship.
“As it is constituted, it is partly illegal under a civilian and democratic dispensation. Under the constitution, the duty of maintaining internal security, law and order in Nigeria is vested exclusively in the police.
“SARS is constituted by armed troops, soldiers and police personnel all over the country. Every state government maintains the SARS in the country and these state governments have not bothered to find out what is this body doing in terms of law enforcement, combating armed robbery and performance in terms of respecting the rights of the Nigerian people,” Falana said.