- The presidency has revealed the best way to reform the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS)
- Lauretta Onochie, a presidential media aide, suggested that erring officers of the squad should be severely dealt with
- Onochie believes that this will stop the spate of violence on Nigerians by SARS personnel
The presidency has expressed displeasure over the misconduct of officers of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) working under the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
A presidential media aide, Lauretta Onochie, on Wednesday, October 7, stated that on two occasions the NPF has stated that it cannot scrap SARS but that officers have continued with their violence on Nigerians.
Onochie, therefore, suggested to the force to severely deal with erring officers to deter their colleagues from attacking innocent citizens.
In her opinion, Onochie believes that this is the best way to reform the much-talked-about squad.
"We can't scrap SARS (2017). We cant scrap FSARS (2020) - @PoliceNG
"Whenever we set an unachievable goal, we get the same answer. Target should be on holding the Police to severely punish erring officers. That's how to reform FSARS. We can't stop using water because someone drowned - Me."
Earlier, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) M.A Adamu, in response to calls and agitation from Nigerians, 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.
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.
Moreover, the police boss ordered that no personnel of the force is allowed to embark on patrols or tactical assignments in mufti. They must always appear in their officially approved uniforms.
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