IGP To Unit Heads – Compile And Sack Every Officer Found Guilty Of Abuse Recently.

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has repeated that the mandate of the Nigerian Police is to protect citizens, and he has vowed to sack or prosecute any erring officer. The IGP, on Sunday, banned operatives, especially the federal special anti-robbery squad (FSARS), the special tactical squad (STS) and intelligence response team (IRT) from routine patroling, indiscriminate searching of suspects phones, laptops or other devices. His directive was due to the public outrage, over the incessant and indiscriminate killings of young Nigerians. The IGP addressed all heads in the Command, asked the heads of commands and units to compile all abuse of power and violation of rights of citizens by FSARS, SARS, IRT, STS, and other police teams, which happened recently and send to his office on Friday 9th October 2020. According to his statement, “In utter disregard for consistent warnings, previous orders, their professional training, international protocol, constitutional dictates, force policies and ethical standards, these special operatives have continued to drag the Force into acts that pitch us against the citizens that we were engaged, paid and statutorily obligated to serve and protect,” the IGP said. “In order to address these resonating unprofessional conducts, it is directed as follows: Any police personnel that, henceforth, abuses his or her powers in a manner that degrades, endangers or threatens the life and other fundamental rights of the citizens shall be promptly arrested, processed through our internal disciplinary machinery and if found culpable, shall be dismissed from service. In addition, such personnel could be charged to court in consonance with their level of criminal liability in the instance. “The indiscriminate, unauthorised, and degrading search of mobile phones, laptops and other smart electronic devices of citizens by the Special Units and all Police operatives of different Formations, Zones, Commands and Units is hereby banned. The only exception is if such an act is in furtherance to a specific case that has been reported and is a subject of a criminal investigation in specific Formation, Command,[…]

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Yemi Osibanjo’s Take On SARS Brutality!

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has expressed disgust over the harassment of Nigerians by operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS). The Vice President, who spoke to State House Reporters during an interaction at his Abuja residence on Sunday, also hailed the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, for banning routine patrol of the FSARS and other tactical squads of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF). Osinbajo also condemned the routine harassment of young Nigerians by operatives of the FSARS, describing the development as infuriating. While condemning the actions of those officers he described as “bad eggs of the Force,” the Vice President asked the police to stick to their mandates. “I am very concerned, in fact, very angry about what I see, happening to young men and women who are arrested, in some cases maimed or killed by men of the police force,” he said. He also commended Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) for speaking up against injustices meted out by some security operatives on youths. Such violations, according to Osinbajo, are “completely unacceptable because these are individuals who are meant to protect Nigerians. The arrest, maiming or killing of young people or anyone at all, is completely wrong. It is unlawful and illegal, and anyone involved in this act ought to be investigated and prosecuted.” The Vice President said: “Today, I had a meeting with the Inspector General of Police, we reviewed several of these issues. The President and I have had discussions on this; he is very concerned about it. He wants to see a reform. “You are probably aware that the IGP has issued a statement looking at all these issues, in particular, the warning against the use of these tactical units such as SARS for purposes of doing anything other than anti-robbery. “For example, and I think in his statement, he specifically said that you cannot have a situation where SARS says, they are investigating Cybercrime by arresting young men and women carrying their laptops and phones.[…]

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