The Inspector general of police Mohammed Adamu has banned the activities of Federal Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) on Sunday. This was reported by the force, Publicity Relations Officer, Frank Mba in Abuja, as a result of a viral video that was twitted with a hashtag #EndSARS over the alleged killing of a young man by officers from the unit in the city of Lagos on Saturday.
Many times citizen are being harassed by the special force on the ground of possessing a property one cannot account for, or on a process of stop and search. Many have been killed in a cold blood and no measures have been taken until now.
The IGP has banned FSARS, STS, and IRT from routine patrol on the streets, they are banned from conventional low-risk duties- stop and search, check point, mounting of road blocks, and traffic checks with immediate effect. No police officer including personnel of FSARS, STS and IRT is authorised to embark on patrol or tactical assignment in mufti. Henceforth, they must appear in their police uniforms or approved tactical gear while on official assignment.
Also, the IGP has banned the indiscriminate and unauthorized search of mobile phones, laptops and other smart devices as many Nigerians are caught off guard to presents the receipt of those items or they get confiscated.
He charged the personnel of FSARS and other Tactical Squads to concentrate and respond only to cases of armed robbery, kidnapping and other violent crime when the need arises. He ordered the Monitoring Unit and X-Squad to arrest erring personnel of FSARS and other policemen on the road.
The IGP has now decided to put the FSARS under the care of the CP and the Zonal AIGs as they will be held accountable for any misconduct of personnel of FSARS and others within their jurisdiction.
The IGP also appeal to citizens not to allow the misconduct of few personnel of the Force to have any negative impact on their confidence and trust in the Police.