The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has issued a new directives concerning the activities of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force.

The Inspector-General of Police banned the SARS operatives from conducting any form of stop and search operations on roads, streets  except when their attention is  needed.

 

This follows after several calls from Nigerians were made on social media to scrap SARS over alleged harassment of innocent Nigerians, using the #EndSARS campaign.

 

Report from ThisDay stated that the IGP Idris, has promised to restructure and reposition the unit for effective service delivery.

 

Idris also issued warning to members of the group acting as body-guards, delving into land matters and debt collection that were considered civil.

 

He stated that members of the unit can only embark on operations with the permission of the commissioner of police in charge of SARS in the police commands.

“You must operate in official uniform clearly marked for identification. I just want to warn you all here that any officer caught engaging in these activities will be dealt with accordingly. The Nigeria Police force under my leadership shall operate strictly guided by the human rights principles as enshrined in the United Nations charter on human rights” he said.

 

He  instructed the Inspector-General of police’s monitoring units and the X-squad and other over sights unit of the force to monitor the activities of the SARS.

 

According to IGP, he emphasized that the establishment of the unit was due to activities of the men of the underworld.

 

He said that as part of measures to check the unit, they would be solely mandated to confront only armed robbery cases and violent crimes in the country, Idris also said that men deployed to SARS would undergo training, continuous assessment and psychometric test to determine their suitability or otherwise

“You must operate in official uniform clearly marked for identification. I just want to warn you all here that any officer caught engaging in these activities will be dealt with accordingly. The Nigeria Police force under my leadership shall operate strictly guided by the human rights principles as enshrined in the United Nations charter on human rights” he said.

 

He said that as part of measures to check the unit, they would be solely mandated to confront only armed robbery cases and violent crimes in the country.

 

Idris also noted that men deployed to SARS would undergo training, continuous assessment and psychometric test to determine their suitability or otherwise.

 

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