- More reactions continue to trail the recent activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force
- The unit of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has become a thorn in the flesh of Nigerian youths
- The minister of police affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi has promised that the issue will be addressed
The minister of police affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi has reacted to the incessant report of infractions against personnel of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The unit of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has become a thorn in the flesh of Nigerian youths, harassing them in most parts of the country on a daily basis.
For over four years, the hashtag #EndSARS has been a trending topic on Nigerian Twitter almost every other week with Nigerians calling on the authorities to disband the dreaded unit of the NPF.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Monday, October 5 and signed by his spokesman, Osaigbovo Ehisienmen, Dingyadi assured Nigerians of his commitments to ensure a comprehensive investigation of all allegation of infractions against SARS personnel.
He promised that the investigations will secure justice for the victims and reprimand erring officers involved in such violation of citizens right and unprofessional conduct.
According to the statement, the minister also directed the leadership of NPF to strengthen outfits responsible for monitoring activities of police personnel to bring about professional and improved service delivery.
He noted that the recent call for the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad is a strong feedback mechanism to beam deep searchlight into SARS activities in order to reform the unit for better efficiency.
The minister further noted that the newly inaugurated Servicom Unit of the ministry of police affairs has been mandated to work closely with the Police Public Complaint Unit and relevant department of the Police Service Commission to fast-track resolution of all cases of infraction against policemen and bring erring officers to book, to serve as a deterrent to others.
Recall that Legit.ng had earlier reported that the Inspector General of Police, IGP in response to call and agitation from Nigerian to #EndSARS, have banned personnel of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) from carrying out routine protocols.
The new directive from the IGP also affects operatives of other tactical squads of the police such as the Special Tactical Squad (STS), Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Anti-Cultism Squad.
The operatives, according to the order are to desist from carrying out routine patrols and other conventional low-risk duties - stop and search duties, checkpoints, mounting of roadblocks, traffic checks.
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