The Nigerian Police Force has spelt out the stand of the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu as regards the ban of FSARS and others. The ban also affects other tactical squads including Special Tactical Squads (STS), Intelligence Response Team (IRT). It extends to the Anti-Cultism Squads and other tactical squads operating at the Federal, zonal, and command levels.
The ban would stop them from carrying out routine patrol and other conventional low-risks duties. The duties include stop and search duties, check points, mountings of roadblocks, traffic checks etc. The ban commence with immediate effect.
Reports had it earlier that the IGP banned the operations of the personnel of The Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squads (FSARS).
The NPF made this known via the it’s twitter handle having aware of the evil wrought on Nigerians by these special squads.
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He further noted that no personnel of the force is authorized to embark on patrol 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. This is contrary to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement establishing the squads.
Specifically, the IGP has warned the Tactical Squads against the invasion of the privacy of citizens.
The Invasion involves 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.
However, the IGP noted 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. But He still condemns 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 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.
The IGP has 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 responsible 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. Meanwhile, two operatives of the FSARS have been arrested. They are INSPR Sale James, INSPR Monday Uchiola. Also arrested was their civilian accomplice Okechukwu Ogbonna, operating in Lagos State, and by the Lagos State Police Command. The police made the arrest for their acts of professional misconduct including extortion and intimidation of innocent citizens.
The operational vehicle of the men were impounded and disciplinary procedure has already commenced against the defaulters. The IGP reaffirms his commitment to bequeathing to Nigerians, a reformed Police Force. Police that is accountable, responsible and ever ready to defend the rights of the citizens while discharging its duties. He enjoins the citizens not to allow the misconduct of the Force to negatively impact their confidence in the Police.