- Ahmad Lawan has called for the preservation of FSARS
- According to the Senate president, banning the security unit is not the solution
- Lawan said one of the solutions is arresting and prosecuting police officers involved in misconduct
The Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, has thrown his weight behind the preservation of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS).
According to him, banning the police unit is not the solution to cases of extrajudicial killings by its personnel.
Lawan disclosed this on Wednesday, October 7, Channels TV reports.
He said this during plenary in response to a motion by Senator Oluremi Tinubu on extrajudicial killings and human rights violations by SARS operatives.
The Senate president suggested that one of the solutions is to arrest and prosecute police officers who have engaged in extrajudicial killings.
Meanwhile, lawmakers said the abuse and human rights violations by the police, particularly, SARS have reached alarming levels.
With this, the Senate urged its committees on police and human rights to investigate cases of violations and extrajudicial killings by the police.
In a related development, the presidency expressed displeasure over the misconduct of officers of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) working under the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
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.
Legit.ng had also reported that the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) M.A Adamu 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.
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