IGP Bans FSARS From Routine Patrols
Mohammed Adamu, The Inspector General of Police, in a statement by Frank Mba, the Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Police force, ordered a ban on the Federal Anti-roberry Squad (FSARS) on sunday.
He also banned other squads such as Special Tactical Squad, Intelligence Response Team, and Anti-cultism Squad among others from carrying out routine patrols.
The squads were stopped from performing duties such as roadblock duties, stop-and-search duties, traffic duties etc immediately.
The statement read:
TThe 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 these guises to perpetrate all forms of illegality, contrary to the Standard Operating Procedure, 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 particularly through an 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.
The IGP notes 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.
He also warned that the commissioners of police in charge of FSARS and state commands would be held responsible for any misconduct in their area of responsibility.
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