13 October 2020 by Kayode Oyedare.
The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN has commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu for being sensitive and responsive to the clarion call for the disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad SARS.
In a statement, CAN says it is aware of the circumstances that led to the agitation which included but not limited to alleged extra- judicial killings, unlawful arrests and detentions, extortion, torture and disappearances of detainees.
The religious body acknowledges the spontaneous nature of protests nationwide but regrets the loss of lives and destruction of property in the cause of the mass action.
The statement prays God to console and comfort all the bereaved and speedy healing for those who are recuperating in the hospital.
Equally, CAN appreciates the prompt and positive responses of the Federal Government in disbanding SARS.
It is unprecedented in recent history of our country and it is praiseworthy. This is what democracy is all about.
However, CAN is not happy with the automatic redeployment of the officers and men of the disbanded unit to other units without sanctioning the bad eggs among them.
It calls for an Administrative or Judicial Investigation into the disbanded SARS with a view to bringing the culprits to book so that such bad eggs might not be allowed to corrupt other units or continue with their old habit of lawlessness.
CAN stresses the need for all security agencies to be reformed and transformed into a modern security architecture that befits contemporary challenges such as terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and heardsmen attacks.