- Members of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are needed to fight crimes in Nigeria
- This is why the squad will not be totally scrapped by the police
- This is the position of the police spokesman, Frank Mba, on Tuesday, October 6
The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has stated that it cannot completely scrap the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) despite calls its abolishment.
This position was put forward in Abuja on Tuesday, October 6, by the public relations officer of the NPF, Frank Mba.
Mba said that the embattled squad, despite excesses by some officers, is needed to combat crimes in the country, The Nation reports.
Mba noted that the new directive from IGP Mohammed Adamu that restrains members of the squad from carrying out routine protocols like stopping and searching of persons shows the proactiveness of the NPF.
The police spokesman added that going forward, the force will make sure activities of SARS operatives are monitored and that Nigerians are allowed to join in the lookout by recording videos of misconduct on their part.
“But if a policeman is doing something wrong, you can take pictures and record videos and send them to us. But make sure you do so safely.
“If you feel in your interactions with the police that they are beginning to cross the line, you can take pictures and videos as long as it is safe for you to do so. When you send them to us, we will definitely follow up the matter and see it to a logical conclusion.”
Earlier, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) M.A Adamu, NPM, mni, in response to call and agitation from Nigerians, had banned personnel of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) from carrying out routine protocols.
This 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.
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