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IGP orders AIGs to arrest, detain erring SARS officers..

By: dayan (M) |Time : October 07, 2020, 11:37:04 PM
...vows to restore lost glory in the police


Molly kilete, Abuja

Following the outrage that greeted the excesses of men of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Special Tactical Squad, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered Assistant Inspectors General(AIGS), in charge of zonal commands and state Commissioners of Police to arrest, detain and dismiss any police officer found violating the rights of citizens.

Adamu, has also directed the AIGs and police commissioners to prosecute such operatives after being tried and indicted in police orderly room trial.

He said he would no longer tolerate the situation where the conduct of some unprofessional police officers would drag the service in the mud and vowed to restore the lost glory of the police.

The IGP, gave the directive in a letter dated October 5, 2020,  titled, ‘Order and directives: Restrictions on the operations of F-SARS, SARS, IRT, STS, state anti-kidnapping units and other special units under any nomenclature that operates in mufti across all formation, zones and state commands’.

In the letter, the IGP, directed a full compilation of recent cases of abuse of power and violation of rights of Nigerians by the special squads operatives and forward to his office by Friday, October, 9.

He said in compiling the cases, they must include the dates, time , detail and venues of where it took place, personnel involved and the actions taken by their heads to address such complaints.

“Any personnel of the special units found violating the order must be arrested and escorted to the Force headquarters for appropriate actions. Weekly update on this operation must be forwarded to the office of the Inspector-General of Police for review and appropriate directives,”.

The letter with reference number cb:4001/IGP.SEC/ABJ/V.115/911, said, “Any police personnel that, henceforth, abuses his or her powers in a manner that degrades, endangers or threatens the lives and other fundamental rights of the citizens shall be promptly arrested, processed through our internal disciplinary machinery, and if found culpable, shall be dismissed from service.

“In addition, such personnel could be charged in consonance with their level of criminal liability in the instance.”
Adamu, in the letter directed the Commissioner of Police in charge of X-Squad, the Force Provost Marshall as well as the IGP Monitoring Unit to as a matter of urgency set up a joint team to enforce the order in all the 36 state commands and the Federal Capital Territory.

The letter however indicated that the joint team should be limited and focus on specific security breaches like kidnapping armed robbery, violent crimes.

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Re: IGP orders AIGs to arrest, detain erring SARS officers..

By: dayan (M) |Time : October 07, 2020, 11:53:06 PM
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...vows to restore lost glory in the police

Younger Nigerians (those born after year 2000) may not know that there was a time that (with hindsight comparing with current state of things) was actually a glorious time for the Nigerian police.

I mean, there was a time when Nigerian police confronted even the most deadly armed robbers (the Lawrence Anini's of this world), and neatly shot them in the hand holding the gun (or legs), and arrested them.
Most Nigerian armed robbers of pre-2000 were ARRESTED by police, NOT SHOT TO KILL AT SITE!

It used to baffle me how a single policeman of those days would confront about 10 armed robbers, and defeat them by clinically shooting to disarm them. The police had the best shots BY FAR.
It was a thing of pride. It happened frequently and we took it all for granted.
Nigerian police RARELY shot to kill even armed robbers those days. FACT!

Today Nigerian police are shooting and killing UNARMED Nigerians for non-violent crimes like "Yahoo yahoo"!

The dangerous habit Nigerians developed recently is the penchant to copy EVERYTHING from abroad.

It never occurred to the Nigerian police that they were actually better than their foreign counterparts; they simply started copying them!

That copycat culture is the reason why Nigerians today fight each other over ENGLISH FOOTBALL CLUBS.
I don't know who foisted this level of idiocy and lunacy on Nigerians (nay black people).
Idiocy has to have a limit!

So, yes, I support the IG in his assertion that Nigerian police had a glorious past when they actually did police work rather than looking for innocent citizens to oppress and kill.

Those days, Nigerian students and any other aggrieved Nigerians could even riot and not get shot with live bullets!
The police only used tear gas, and in difficult situations, rubber bullets.

That glorious past should be recovered.

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