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IGP Declares Ban On SARS Patrol And Search Duties

The Inspector General of , Mohammed Adamu has placed a ban on operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other tactical squads like the Special Tactical Squad (STS) and Intelligence Response Team (IRT) amidst the viral EndSARS campaign.

spokesman, Frank Mba revealed the directive given by the IGP in a statement on Sunday, October 4. The statement reads;

The inspector-general of , IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has banned the personnel of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other Tactical Squads of the Force including the Special Tactical Squad (STS), Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Anti-Cultism Squad and other Tactical Squads operating at the Federal, Zonal and Command levels, from carrying out routine patrols and other conventional low-risk duties – stop and search duties, checkpoints, mounting of roadblocks, traffic checks, etc – with immediate effect,

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.

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

Mba quoted Adamu as saying FSARS and other tactical squads remain “a critical component of the Force in confronting prevailing and emerging violent crimes in the country

He however condemns every act of unprofessionalism, abuse of human rights and high-handedness by some 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 officers on the road.

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

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

The Force public relations officer also stated that two FSARS officers and a civilian accomplice have been arrested in for professional misconduct and extortion. He said;

Two operatives of the FSARS and their civilian accomplice operating in State, INSPR Sale James, INSPR Monday Uchiola and Okechukwu Ogbonna, have been arrested by the State Command, for acts of professional misconduct including extortion and intimidation of innocent citizens,” he said.

The operational vehicle of the men has also been impounded and disciplinary procedure has already commenced against the defaulters.

This declaration comes in the wake of the outrage over alleged criminal and extra-judicial actions of FSARS officers against citizens in various parts of the country.

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26 Responses

  1. Okoro Samuel says:

    Good one

  2. Abdulsomad says:

    The department needed to scrape ban won’t stop this perpetrators

  3. aloura says:

    A bit better
    D SARS should b dissolved n cancelled if possible

  4. Pearl says:

    I just hope they won’t continue lowkey

  5. Empire says:

    It should better be true

  6. Davins says:

    Praise the Lord

  7. His Anointed says:

    Nice thought

  8. Olabode says:

    Great move….

  9. Alabi says:

    I pray they adhere to it

  10. Wale says:

    Nice decision

  11. Daniel Atiogbe says:

    Yh ,now things should be done these days with wisdom and caution

  12. Daniel Atiogbe says:

    Yh ,now things should be done these days with wisdom and caution

  13. Omotuolase says:

    Thanks God victory at last

  14. Richarlison says:

    Better

  15. Phaevoh says:

    You for no stop na
    Na crime for youths to get money

  16. Fidelis says:

    Boys go happy now

  17. akanni peter says:

    Good

  18. Fejiro says:

    Very good

  19. Enerieta says:

    I love this

  20. Bright says:

    All this one na lie SARS go still day do am

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