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FSARS , Other Police Tactical Squads Banned From Roads – IGP

MA Adamu, NPM, mni,the Inspector General of Police, IGP has Prohibited personnel of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other tactical squads 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 patrol and stop and search operations at checkpoints, mounting of roadblocks, traffic checks, etc. immediately.

Moreover, no personnel of the Force is authorized to go on patrols or tactical tasks in mufti. They should always appear in a police uniform or approved tactical gear.

IGP directive comes against the revelations of the findings by police leadership that some personnel from the Tactical Squad hide under this activities to perpetrate all forms of illegality, contrary to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), Code of Ethics and Rules of engagement setting up the squads.

In particular, IGP has warned against the invasion of privacy of citizens, especially through the indiscriminate and unauthorized searches of cell phones, laptops and other smart devices. They have to concentrate and respond only to cases of armed robbery, kidnapping and other violent crimes when necessary.

IGP notes that the Police Tactical Squad FSARS and others remain a vital component of force in the face of prevailing and emerging violent crime in the country. But he condemned any act of unprofessional, violated human rights and high-handedness by some of the personnel of the squad.

Because of that he had ordered the X-ray and Monitoring Unit to begin immediately the national monitoring of the activities of tactical Squads and other police officers on the roads.

They are to ensure the prompt arrest, investigation and prosecution of all police officers who violate these directives.

IGP has equally warned that henceforth, the Police Commissioner in charge of FSARS, Commissioner in charge of the State Police Command and the FCT as well as their supervisors Zonal Assistant Inspector General of Police, will be responsible for any mistakes in their area of ​​responsibility (AOR). Therefore, he ordered them to ensure effective supervision and mentoring personnel from the Tactical Squad under their jurisdiction.

Meanwhile, two operatives from FSARS and their civilian foot surgery in Lagos State, INSPR Sale James, INSPR Monday Uchiola and Ogbonna Okechukwu, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command, for offenses including blackmail and intimidation of innocent citizens.

Operational vehicles of the men also had been confiscated and disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against defaulters.

IGP reaffirmed its commitment to bequeath to Nigeria, a reformed police accountable, responsible and always ready to defend and uphold the rights of citizens while carrying out their duties of keeping people safe and secure. He ordered residents not to let mistakes by some force personnel in a negative impact on their faith, confidence and trust in the police.

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