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FINALLY IGP BANS FSARS, OTHER POLICE TACTICAL SQUADS FROM THE USUAL ROUTINE PATROLS

After several social Campaigns against the men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police Force, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), finally acted quickly to the outcry of the public.

He has ordered with immediate effect that, the ban of the F-SARS and, other Police Tactical Squads, from routine patrols. 

Note: Any member of these squads, seen on routine patrols, is doing so at his own risk. The general public should note that, these squads have no right to invade your privacy.

Below is the Press Release, directly from the Police Force Headquarters:

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Ref No. CZ.5300/FPRD/FHQ/ABJ/VOL.3/25
Date: 4th October, 2020
 
The Director of News
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PRESS RELEASE

IGP BANS FSARS, OTHER POLICE TACTICAL SQUADS FROM ROUTINE PATROLS

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

The IGP notes 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. 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 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.
Meanwhile, two operatives of the FSARS and their civilian accomplice operating in Lagos State, INSPR Sale James, INSPR Monday Uchiola and Okechukwu Ogbonna, have been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command, for acts of professional misconduct including extortion and intimidation of innocent citizens. The operational vehicle of the men has also been impounded and disciplinary procedure has already commenced against the defaulters.
The IGP reaffirms his   commitment to bequeathing to Nigerians, a reformed Police Force that is accountable, responsible and ever ready to defend and uphold the rights of the citizens while discharging its duties of keeping the people safe and secure. He enjoins the citizens not to allow the misconduct by a few personnel of the Force to negatively impact on their belief, confidence and trust in the Police.

DCP FRANK MBA 
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER 
FORCE HEADQUARTERS 
ABUJA".

This is definitely, the only goodnews, all Nigerians have been waiting to hear from the Inspector General Of Police.

Although, the Public had wanted a total disbandment of the SARS; but, this new development is also a welcomed one. At least, they have all been taken off the street, to focus on more sensitive matters, other than a trivial road blocks they do.

We are happy the IGP is beginning to see reasons with Nigerians, to have a reform.

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