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#EndSARS campaigns, protests discourage police from tackling insecurity – IGP

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Alkali Usman, acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), has blamed #EndSARS campaigns and the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) for security challenges rocking Nigeria.

Mr Usman, who spoke on Thursday at a presidential briefing organized by the Presidential Communications Team at the statehouse in Abuja, said the disbandment of SARS created a vacuum that is difficult for the police to tackle.

“The security situation of the country has been significantly stabilised from time to time but we think if it is stabilising then there are isolated insurgency coming from these zones in terms of attacks on police facilities and police personnel, even all law enforcement agencies including the military,” he said.

“Therefore, we decided to, one, rejig the morale of our personnel, which has been a little bit dampened since the #EndSARS thing went. With the proscription of SARS and establishment of SWAT, which has not been able to take off fully. We had a vacuum in tackling most of the violent crimes from our position of strength,” he said.

Speaking on the recruitment plan involving 10,000 new police personnel into the force, he said that the process has reached nearly 70 percent completion.

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