The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins, has called on authorities of the Nigeria Police Force to listen to the legitimate public outcry against the excesses of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, (SARS).
It also showed the lack of respect for the citizens for whose welfare they were set up,” he said.
He expressed his support for the ongoing protests demanding an end to SARS as presently constituted and the emergence of a better-constituted unit that is better trained and well-monitored.
“The officers in charge of such units must be specially trained, well-funded and equipped for such purpose. SARS at present has compromised the purpose of its existence,” he said.
Martins reiterated the need for a total overhaul of the present structure of the Nigeria Police Force and the reorientation of its personnel to make them efficient and accountable for their actions.
He advised that the process of recruiting men and officers in the force should be re-evaluated to attract more graduates of sound mind who must be exposed to international standards of training.