The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, on Sunday gave a statement banning operatives of the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other tactical squads in the Nigerian Police Force from carrying out routine patrols.
This decision comes after years of Nigerians protesting on the streets and on social media calling for the end of SARS operations as a result if its human rights abuses and ill treatment of Nigerian citizens.
Here are nine things you need to know about the ban on SARS patrol
- The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu yesterday, Saturday October 4th 2020, banned FSARS, Special Tactical Squads and Intelligence Response Team from routine patrol.
The IGP banned FSARS, STS and IRT from ordinary low risk duties like stop and search, check point, mounting of road blocks, traffic checks and the likes with immediate effect.
The IGP also warned that no police officer including personnel from FSARS, STS and IRT should be wearing mufti or casual clothes during patrol or tactical assignment.
Also FSARS, IRT, and STS has been instructed to always appear with their police uniforms or approved tactical gear whenever they are on official assignment.
The IGP has also ban ban FSAR operative from carrying out unnecessary and unauthorised search of mobile phones, laptops and other smart devices.
The IGP has directed the personnel of SARS and other tactical squads to concentrate more and respond to only cases of armed robbery, kidnapping and other violent crimes whenever the need arises.
The IGP has ordered X-Squad and the monitoring unit to monitor and arrest any officer of FSARS and other policemen who disobey the ban that has been placed on road patrols.
The IGP also gave a stern warning saying from now on, the Commissioners of Police that is in charge of SARS, Commissioners of Police in charge of state commands and the FCT including their Supervisory Zonal AIGs will take responsibility for any misbehaviour of SARS personnel and others within their jurisdiction.
The AIGs and CPs have been instructed to ensure that they carryout the right supervision of SARS and other tactical squads within their jurisdiction.
The IGP urged citizens not to allow the misbehaviour of a few officers in the force to make them lose trust in the Nigerian Police Force.