Inspector-General of Police bans SARS operatives from conducting stop and search operations


The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has banned operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad from conducting a stop and search operations on roads except when necessary.NAN reports that some group of Nigerians recently on social media, called for the scrapping of SARS over alleged harassment of innocent citizens, using the #EndSARS.

In response to the allegation, the IG promised to restructure and reposition the unit for effective service delivery. He warned operatives of the unit against acting as bodyguards, delving into land matters and debt collection that were considered civil.

Idris also warned that operatives of the unit must only embark on operations with the permission of the commissioner of police in charge of SARS in the police commands.

He said,

“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.”

Idris mandated the Inspector-General of police’s monitoring units and the X-squad and other oversight units 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 officers deployed to SARS would undergo training, continuous assessment and psychometric test to determine their suitability or otherwise.