The Inspector General of Police, Sunday Ehindero on Wednesday 14th October 2020, at the presentation of “Reminiscences: My Journey Through Life”, a memoir of Sunday Akintan, a retired judge of the supreme court, made a statement following the disbanded Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) following the protest for the ban of the Squad and Police brutality by Nigerians.
According to him; The Squad is not a bad outfit originally but that it was corrupted by bad eggs employed into the unit, and a reform has to be carried out to give them appropriate training required
“There is no organisation that does what we call quality control more than the police. Each year, we weed out the bad eggs, query and send them away but there will always be bad eggs in any service. A bad egg will always corrupt others. So, the unit is not a bad outfit, we only have bad operators in the unit now.”
“SARS is supposed to be the teeth of the police in terms of robbery. They are to confront robbers and you know robbers are people that are difficult to handle and in most cases you have a lot of police have been killed.
“There is a need to reform it, so that from the initial objective which birthed SARS. They have to go back and look at the initial objective.”
“I am more interested in training. The society is getting enlightened. Training has been the main problem of the police force. There’s dynamism in how the police should operate now”