The inspector general of police has banned SARS operatives and other tactical squads from patrolling the streets and searching citizen’s phones and properties.
This is coming after massive outcry over the killings of civilians in the country, the most recent of which was the murder of a young man in Ughelli Delta who had his car stolen afterwards. A number of celebrities have since added to the outcry including, Wizkid, Davido, Dremo, P-Square and others.
The presidency has now reacted by banning the rogue group from patrols and threatening the commissioners of police in charge of these groups stiff measures if the new rules are flouted.
The presidency tweeted:
All FSARS, STS, IRT & other Tactical @PoliceNG Squads operating at Federal, Zonal & Command levels are hereby BANNED from carrying out routine patrols & other conventional low-risk duties – stop & search duties, checkpoints, roadblocks, traffic checks, etc – WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT
Henceforth, no @PoliceNG personnel is authorized to embark on patrols or tactical assignments in mufti. All Police Force personnel must always appear in their police uniforms or approved tactical gear. All Tactical Squads must also desist from the invasion of the privacy of citizens particularly through indiscriminate and unauthorized search of mobile phones, laptops and other smart devices.
Henceforth,the Commissioner of Police in charge of FSARS, Commissioners of Police in charge of State/FCT Commands as well as their supervisory Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police, will be held liable for any @PoliceNG misconduct within their Area of Responsibility (AOR).
See tweets below