- Upon resumption of duty, the acting inspector general of police has decentralised the operation of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad
- Recall that SARS was initially centralized by the immediate former Police IG, Ibrahim Idris
- The squad will now be controlled by the commissioners of police in each of the 36 commands and the FCT
The operations of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has been decentralised by the acting inspector general of police, Mohammed Adamu.
The disclosure was made by the acting IG, who had his first meeting with commissioners of police at the Force headquarters in Abuja on Monday, January 21, Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Adamu ordered the commissioners of police in each of the 36 commands and the Federal Capital Territory to assume full command and control authority on all SARS in their commands.
He said: “All quasi-investigation and operations outfits including the Special Investigation Panel (SIP) and Special Tactical Squad (STS) or any other such Teams under whatever name are hereby disbanded.
"The DIG FCIID is to take over and review all cases that such Teams are currently handling as well as official assets on the charge to them and submit a detailed report to my Office within two weeks.
“Similar comprehensive reorganization will be undertaken in the investigative, intelligence and special operations arms of the Force comprising of the Police Mobile Force, counter-terrorism Unit and the Special Protection Unit."
A Special Election Investigation Team (SEIT) was also set up by the acting inspector general of police, who said the team would be tasked with the exclusive function of investigating and prosecuting electoral offenders.
Legit.ng previously reported that the acting IGP Adamu ordered the immediate disbandment of the Federal SARS, Special Investigation Panel and Special Tactical Squad.
The IGP announced this on Monday, January 21, at his inaugural conference with commissioners of police and other senior officers in Abuja.
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In another previous report by Legit.ng, Adamu, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Yakubu Mahmood and other stakeholders met on how to ensure effective electoral process during the forthcoming general elections.
The police noted in a tweet on the evening of Monday, January 21, that the meeting which was held in Abuja, was to synergise and strategise on how to ensure an effective and efficient electoral process.
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