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End SARS: IGP Bans FSARS, STS, From Routine Patrols

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End SARS: IGP Bans FSARS, STS, From Routine Patrols

 

End SARS, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has banned the personnel of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other Tactical Squads of the Force from patrol.

 

IexclusiveNews reports that IGP has banned 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, among others – 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.

 

The IGP’s directives come against the backdrop of findings by the leadership of the force that a few personnel of the Tactical Squads hide under this guise to perpetrate all forms of illegality, contrary to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), Code of Conduct, and Rules of Engagement establishing the squads

 

IexclusiveNews recall that the IGP has warned the Tactical Squads against the invasion of the privacy of citizens particularly through the indiscriminate and unauthorized search of mobile phones, laptops, and other smart devices.

 

They are to concentrate and respond only to cases of armed robbery, kidnapping, and other violent crimes when the need arises.

 

The IGP notes that the FSARS and other Police Tactical Squads remain a critical component of the force in confronting prevailing and emerging violent crimes in the country.

 

He, however, condemned every act of unprofessionalism, abuse of human rights, and high-handedness by some personnel of the squads.

 

He has therefore ordered the X-Squad and the Monitoring Unit to embark on an immediate and massive nationwide monitoring of activities of Tactical Squads and other police officers on the road.

 

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

 

Adamu equally warned that henceforth, the Commissioner of Police in charge of FSARS, Commissioners of Police in charge of State Commands and the FCT as well as their supervisory Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police, will be held liable for any misconduct within their Area of Responsibility (AOR).

 

He, therefore, charged them to ensure effective supervision and mentoring of the personnel of the Tactical Squads under their jurisdiction.