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Sunday, October 4, 2020

EndSARS : IGP Bans SARS, STS, Others From Nigerian Roads



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The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu, on Sunday banned the personnel of the dreaded Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other ‘Tactical Squads’ of the Force from operating on Nigerian roads.

This directive was contained in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.

The ban followed strident calls by Nigerians on the Police highest Command to abolish SARS.

The Daily Crucible that unit has been subject of sundry accusations of human rights violations and the latest campaign  with #End SARS is the first. 

The call for the abolition has been more louder in Lagos, epicentre of such violation of fundamental human rights of Nigerians, allegedly, by the SARS Operatives.

The directive by the Inspector-General, FSARS and other Tactical Squads of the Police such as the Special Tactical Squad (STS), Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Anti-Cultism Squad and other Tactical Squads are to stop forthwith, their activities on Nigerian roads.

Activities such as routine patrols and other conventional low-risk duties, including stop and search duties, checkpoints, mounting of roadblocks, traffic checks, etc – are to end with immediate effect.

“In addition, no personnel of the Force is authorized to embark on patrols or tactical assignments in mufti.”

“They must always appear in their police uniforms or approved tactical gear. The IGP’s directives come against the backdrop of findings by the leadership of the Force that a few personnel of the Tactical Squads hide under these guise to perpetrate all forms of illegality, contrary to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement establishing the squads.

 
“Specifically, the IGP has warned the Tactical Squads against the invasion of the privacy of citizens particularly through indiscriminate and unauthorized search of mobile phones, laptops and other smart devices.”

The statement said they are to concentrate and respond only to cases of armed robbery, kidnapping and other violent crimes when the need arises.

The IGP noted that the FSARS and other Police Tactical Squads remain a critical component of the Force in confronting prevailing and emerging violent crimes in the country.

The statement added that  the police chief condemns every act of unprofessionalism, abuse of human rights and high-handedness by personnel of the squads.

“He has therefore ordered the X-Squad and the Monitoring Unit to embark on immediate and massive nationwide monitoring of activities of Tactical Squads and other police officers on the road.

“They are to ensure prompt arrest, investigation and prosecution of all erring police officers who violate these directives and other extant regulations of the Force.

“The IGP has equally warned that henceforth, the Commissioner of Police in charge of FSARS, Commissioners of Police in charge of State Commands and the FCT as well as their supervisory Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police, will be held liable for any misconduct within their Area of Responsibility (AOR).

“He therefore charged them to ensure effective supervision and mentoring of the personnel of the Tactical Squads under their jurisdiction.”




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