5 December 2012

Nigeria: SARS Attack - Heads to Roll - IGP

The Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar, has vowed that any officer indicted in the November 26 attack on the Special Anti-Robbery Squad's (SARS') headquarters in Abuja would be severely punished.

Abubakar made the vow, yesterday, during an official visit to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command where he said that investigations into the attack on the SARS headquarters in Abuja on November 26 by some unknown gunmen were still in progress.

"We are not resting on the issue of the attack on SARS headquarters. We are still investigating and once we conclude, we will take the necessary actions. But l can tell you, heads will roll in SARS," Abubakar said.

He also said that the present police management would treat the issue of security within and outside the force seriously.

On his visit to the FCT command, Abubakar said that he wanted to personally assess the preparedness of the command to ensure safety of lives and property in the territory.

He assured the command of the Federal Government's commitment to permanently address problems associated with police pensions.

Abubakar said that the welfare of the police would be regularly reviewed to enable them to focus on the duties of securing the society.

The inspector-general, however, warned that the police authorities would punish erring officers and men, especially as it concerned their duties of protecting lives and property.

He stressed the need for synergy among the security agencies in the country, and pointed out that the collaboration would help in dealing with emerging societal challenges.

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