The acting inspector-general of police, Alkali Baba has said the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) created a vacuum in policing the country.
Baba said this at a media briefing on Thursday in Abuja.
He added that the morale of police officers in the country has been low since the #EndSARS protests in October 2020.
Last October, there were protests in some states, largely organised by youths, to call for an end to police brutality.
They also demanded that SARS, a police unit, notorious for human rights abuses, should be disbanded.
During the protests against police brutality, the Nigeria police also unleashed terror on peaceful protesters in some many parts of the country, including at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, the epicentre of the struggle.