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SARS officers must not engage in stop and search - Police declare

SARS officers must not engage in stop and search - Police declare

- The Nigerian Police Force has rolled out standard operating procedures for officials of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad

- The standard operating procedures are geared towards reforming the activities of the officers

- Some Nigerians are calling for the reform of SARS while others are calling for it to be scrapped

The Nigeria Police Force has designed a standard operational procedure for operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to help reform its activities.

This was disclosed by the commissioner of police, Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), Haliru Gwandu, who said that the police was committed to reforming SARS personnel for improved security in the country, Vanguard reports. gathers that Gwandu, who was represented by the assistant commissioner of police, Fidelis Okafor, spoke at a seminar with the theme, The Effective Response of the Nigeria Police Force to the Curbing of Crimes in Nigeria: The role of SARS.

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He said: “Measures are being taken to make Federal SARS more accountable, reliable and dependable by lecturing them weekly on the content of the SOP and their responsibilities, which are: the duty of the unit is to curb violent crimes, robbery among others, on no account should SARS engage in handling civil and commercial cases.

“They are not to engage in stop and search except there is a distress call, they must always appear in their uniforms and not be part of Very Important Persons (VIPs), convoy among others.

“Several trainings have also been carried out for the personnel on human rights and investigation and more is still being done for a better SARS."

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Meanwhile, previously reported that a police officer with the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), on Tuesday, March 13, allegedly killed the manager of BB Umar Livestock, Ibrahim Ali, also known as Mbaba, in Ganaja village of Lokoja, Kogi state capital.

The mayhem began when a mob allegedly ceased the motorcycle of a SARS operative after he hit a young girl.

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