- The call for the abolishing of the FSARS has been intensified
- Youths in Lagos were seen on Thursday, October 8, protesting against acts of violence carried out by officers of the squad
- However, the protesters were dispersed by policemen in the state who allegedly seized their placards
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Some youths in Lagos on Thursday, October 8, renewed by way of protest the call for the abolishing of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) unit of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
The youths were seen with placards chanting solidarity songs in various areas of the state
However, the protesters were said to have been dispersed by some armed security personnel who even seized their placards.
It was reported that some of the protesters who had converged at the Lekki toll gate were physically assaulted by the policemen.
Earlier, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) M.A Adamu, in response to calls and agitation from Nigerians, banned personnel of the 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 would be allowed to embark on patrols or tactical assignments in mufti. They must always appear in their officially approved uniforms.
IGP Adamu's order was contained in a statement released by the police spokesman, Frank Mba.
Part of the statement read:
"The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has banned the personnel of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other Tactical Squads of the Force including the Special Tactical Squad (STS), Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Anti-Cultism Squad and other Tactical Squads operating at the Federal, Zonal and Command levels, from carrying out routine patrols and other conventional low-risk duties - stop and search duties, checkpoints, mounting of roadblocks, traffic checks, etc - with immediate effect. In addition, no personnel of the Force is authorized to embark on patrols or tactical assignments in mufti. They must always appear in their police uniforms or approved tactical gear."
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