- IGP Adamu on Sunday, October 5, banned the activities of FSARS
- The IGP banned the indiscriminate and unauthorized search of mobile phones, laptops, and other smart devices
- Adamu also banned FSARS, STS, and IRT from routine patrols on the streets
Nigerians have continued to react over the banning of the activities of the personnel of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other tactical squads from routine patrols.
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, had on Sunday, October 5, issued a statement to ban the FSARS.
Legit.ng gathered that the ban followed the protests from different parts of the country to end the activities of SARS over allegations of extortion and human rights abuse in the country.
In his statement, Adamu highlighted 10 key points on the FSARS, Intelligence Response Team (IRT), and Special Tactical Squad (STS) and these are:
1. The IGP banned FSARS, STS, and IRT from conventional low-risk duties – stop and search, checkpoint, mounting of roadblocks, traffic checks, etc – with immediate effect.
2. The IGP charged the affected AIGS and CPs to ensure the effective supervision of the personnel of FSARS and others within their jurisdiction.
3. The IGP warned that no police officer, including personnel of FSARS, STS, and IRT, is authorized to embark on patrol or tactical assignment in mufti.
4. The IGP directed that the FSARS, STS, and IRT personnel must appear in their police uniforms or approved tactical gear while on official assignment.
5. The IGP banned the indiscriminate and unauthorized search of mobile phones, laptops, and other smart devices.
6. The IGP directed that personnel of FSARS and other tactical squads concentrate and respond only to cases of armed robbery, kidnapping, and other violent crimes when the need arises.
7. The IGP ordered the X-Squad and the Monitoring Unit to monitor and arrest erring personnel of FSARS and other Policemen on the road.
8. The IGP warned that henceforth, the CP in charge of FSARS, CPs in charge of state commands, and FCT, as well as their supervisory zonal AIGs, will be held liable for the misconduct of personnel of FSARS and others within their jurisdiction.
9. The IGP has appealed to citizens not to allow the misconduct by a few personnel of the Force to negatively impact on their confidence and trust in the police.
10. The IGP banned FSARS, STS, and IRT from routine patrols on the streets.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a member of the House of Representatives, Akin Alabi, filed a motion before the green chambers asking for an urgent dissolution of the SARS.
It was reported that the unit of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) became a thorn in the flesh of Nigerian youths, harassing them in most parts of the country on a daily basis.
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