The Amnesty International had accused the men of the squad of systematically torturing detainees in its custody as a means of extracting confessions and lucrative bribes.
Idris warned that such impression must be corrected while meeting with SARS commanders in Abuja on Thursday, September 22, 2016, a day after the report that embarrassed the police authority was released.
“You have to correct this impression. This is a new beginning to give the nation a new anti-robbery squad.
“You don’t have the right to take life of anybody or change civil offense to criminal offense.
“Please don’t fail us. This management has the hope in you, I don’t want you (SARS) to fail us,” Idris told the commanders at the meeting, adding that the new SARS should be an advocate of the new change mantra of the present administration.
“We are going to retrain you even as you work in your different zones.
“You should have the courage to tackle what is against human nature.”
“We will not disappoint you; we will work round the clock to restore the lost confidence, we will continue to talk to our men.”