The Federal Government has been asked to show its truthfulness about disbanding the Special Anti-Robbery Squad by throwing all detention centres of SARS open.
The charge was given by the Nigerian Bar Association, through its President, Mr Olumide Akpata, who made the call at a press conference in Abuja.
Mr Apata listed some of the SARS’ infamous detention centres in the country as Abuja “human abattoir” as well as the squad’s detention centres in Lagos and Port Harcourt.
He said a comprehensive audit of all detention centres of the disbanded squad must be conducted to take stock of detainees.
The call was made yesterday following announcement by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, that he had set up the Special Weapons and Tactics Team, which would replace the disbanded SARS.
Recall that on Sunday, the IGP disbanded SARS following protests by youths, who alleged high-handedness and extortion by the squad.
The NBA president, who warned security agents against attacking anti-SARS campaigners, said the association would provide legal support for protesters.
He said the FG should throw SARS’ detention centres open in order to prove that the squad has been truly disbanded, adding that more pronouncements of SARS disbandment cannot end their menace.
“What is key now is sincerity,” Akpata said while answering a question on what the government needed to do to end the protests.
He added, “First and foremost, the issue to address is that the issue of detention centres of SARS around the country where people are detained for alleged offences. They should be addressed.
“As a mark of good faith, and good disclosure, it will be important for the police to throw open these centres just to convince us that not only has SARS been disbanded, but also that indeed its activities have been brought to an end.”
Source: Naija News