The Inspector-Normal of Police, M.A Adamu, has banned the Federal Particular Anti-Theft Squad (FSARS) and different Tactical Squads of the Drive together with the Particular Tactical Squad (STS), Intelligence Response Crew (IRT), Anti-Cultism Squad working on the Federal, Zonal and Command ranges, from finishing up routine patrols and different standard low-risk duties – cease and search duties, checkpoints, mounting of roadblocks, visitors checks, and so forth – with instant impact.
This was announced by the Police in a press release on Sunday afternoon, after the On-line outrage from the actions of the officers of SARS.
IGP BANS FSARS, OTHER POLICE TACTICAL SQUADS FROM ROUTINE PATROLS
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Nairametrics reported in the present day that Nigeria’s Ministry of Youth, former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the previous Vice President, Atiku Abubakar all known as on actions to be taken on SARS after the web outrage on Saturday.
“The Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS) unit of the Police was set as much as confront violent crimes comparable to armed theft, kidnapping and different associated crimes. Nevertheless, the unit has in the present day morphed into an oppressor of the Nigerian lots who attempt daily for a greater life. Stories of intimidation, harassment and outright extortion by officers of the Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS) have continued unabated,” Atiku stated.
The Police additionally introduced in the present day that no personnel of the Drive is allowed to embark on patrols or tactical assignments with out Police uniforms.
Stating, “They have to all the time seem of their police uniforms or permitted tactical gear”.
The IGP’s directives come towards the backdrop of findings by the management of the Drive that just a few personnel of the Tactical Squads conceal underneath this guise to perpetrate all types of illegality, opposite to the Normal Working Process (SOP), Code of Conduct and Guidelines of Engagement establishing the squads.
The IGP warned that SARS shouldn’t invade the privateness of Nigerian residents via indiscriminate and unauthorized search of cellphones, laptops and different sensible gadgets.
“They’re to pay attention and reply solely to circumstances of armed theft, kidnapping and different violent crimes when the necessity arises,” he stated.
The IGP urged that SARS is a important part of the Police in preventing violent crimes nationwide, and condemned the acts of unprofessionalism, abuse of human rights and high-handedness by some personnel of the Squads.
The IGP has subsequently ordered the X-Squad and the Monitoring Unit to embark on instant and large nationwide monitoring of actions of Tactical Squads and different law enforcement officials on the street.
“They’re to make sure immediate arrest, investigation and prosecution of all erring law enforcement officials who violate these directives and different extant rules of the Drive,” he acknowledged.
The IGP warned that the Commissioner of Police in command of FSARS and different State Space Commanders will likely be held responsible for any misconduct inside their Space of Duty (AOR).