Anti-SARS campaigners have described the directive of the Inspector-General of Police,Ibrahim Idris, for the reorganisation of the embattled anti-robbery department a measure a little too late.
Idris issued the directive on Monday for all Police Commissioners to cease issuing orders to SARS operatives at state level across the country, three days after Nigerians flooded the social media with grievous allegations of criminal conducts by SARS personnel with the hashtag, #EndSARS.
According to details of the directive distributed by police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, on Monday, under the new arrangement, SARS officers will now be controlled by officers between the rank of a Superintendent of Police to Chief Superintendent of Police at state level.
A Commissioner of police will have the overall supervision of the department from the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
The squad has also been moved from Force Criminal Investigation Department to Department of Operations. All changes are effective immediately.