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SARS operatives banned from wearing mufti on duty

By: dayan (M) |Time : September 05, 2018, 05:27:52 AM


The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has banned men of the Federal Special Anti-robbery Squad (FSARS) from wearing mufti while on duty and threatened to deal decisively with any member of the squad found violating rights of the citizens.

Speaking in Ibadan, Oyo State, yesterday through the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Adepoju Ilori, he assured that the squad would be reformed to meet citizens’ expectations.

He urged the people to give necessary information to the police commissioner through the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) whenever they found any of the SARS men acting unlawfully.

Ilori, whose team visited the detention facilities of the state command of SARS in Dugbe, Ibadan, said the team was carrying out the IGP’s order as a result of the directive from the presidency to checkmate the unlawful activities of the squad.He said as a result of the presidential directive, the IGP constituted a committee to address issues that stoked public outcry against SARS all over the country.

On their mission to Ibadan, he disclosed: “We started this in Lagos and Ogun where we interviewed almost 70 suspects and we found that these suspects were mostly armed robbers and kidnappers. We also made sure that we lectured our men on what they are supposed to know and do as FSARS. Their main function is to checkmate and bring armed robbery and kidnapers to book.”

The DCP stressed that the IGP ordered SARS men not to wear anything other than the police uniform while on duty. His words: “There is no way SARS can be carrying arms while wearing mufti because it will be hard for the public to distinguish between them and armed robbers. We have been telling them and also monitoring them to ensure strict compliance.”He noted that according to the Standard Operative Procedure (SOP), no SARS officer should tint his or her hair.


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Re: SARS operatives banned from wearing mufti on duty

By: dayan (M) |Time : September 05, 2018, 05:35:47 AM
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We also made sure that we lectured our men on what they are supposed to know and do as FSARS. Their main function is to checkmate and bring armed robbery and kidnapers to book.

This is an ambigous statement that leaves room for misinterpretation and "padding of role".
He should have said that the role of FSARS is SOLELY armed robbery and kidnapping; which means that the outfit should NEVER get involved again in other crimes. If they get hint or intelligence of other crimes, they should simply send it to the regular CID or other police.
One understands the reluctance to do a truly transformative change on the outfit because frankly the police have been told to remove roadblocks but they have not been able to obey that command in decades.
So, all these feet-dragging and prevarications make Nigerians not expect true change of this outfit.
Methinks that only with a comprehensive restructuring of the country with the formation of state police would this outfit (and others like it in Nigeria) be reined in.

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