Police Brutality: SARS Banned From Conducting Stop And Search
December 22, 2017 – Police Brutality: SARS Banned From Conducting Stop And Search
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has banned the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force from conducting stop and search operations on roads except when necessary.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some group of Nigerians recently in the social media, called for the scrapping of SARS over alleged harassment of innocent Nigerians, using the #EndSARS.
Following the allegation, the Inspector- General of Police , Mr Ibrahim Idris, promised to restructure and reposition the unit for effective service delivery.
Idris also warned members of the group against acting as body-guards, delving into land matters and debt collection that were considered civil.
He further warned that members of the unit must 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 mandated 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.
The police boss noted 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.
prince of Ijesha
December 22, 2017 at 11:35 PM
Good decision take the professional robbers off the road. They have become nuisance
December 22, 2017 at 11:46 PM
GOOD IF ALL U SAID WILL BE IMPLEMENTED.THOSE MEN IN UNIFORM ARE VERY CORRUPT,THEY DELVE INTO LAND MATTERS,EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS ,DEBT COLLECTION AND EVEN FAMILY ISSUES BEATING PEOPLE UP.TIME FOR REGIONAL POLICING AND PROPER TRAINING FOR 21ST CENTURY POLICING AND NOT ANTIQUATED POLICIES.
December 23, 2017 at 5:33 AM
This is good news but will the SARS comply to your command regarding the new rules to curtail there spread on the high way and there endless engagement of illegal activities with civilians? If the SARS restructuring truly take hold, then it will help to revitalize and uplift the image of our police force internationally. because they are the most brutal among the police force is the more reason why they need to be highly monitor for strict compliance to the new directive from the IG. Many innocent souls of law abiding citizens of our country have been wasted due to there barbarity, brutality and excessive use of force. This has to stop.
December 23, 2017 at 6:32 AM
Sweet talk, we are waiting for action but government need to be taking good care of them,pay them their salaries early and other entitlements,it will help to notice the real bad ones and those acting out of hunger and confusion.