Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the immediate reorganisation of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
This is coming on the heels of a tweeter camping, #EndSARS, which has been trending on the social media platform.
Youths in supports of the campaign had narrated various stories of maltreatment and crime allegedly committed by members of the squad.
In a statement on Monday, the police boss ordered the immediate investigation of alleged crimes of torture leveled against the anti-robbery squad.
The IGP said the move to reorganize the police unit is to ensure that it operates “based on the international core value of policing with integrity and (to) make sure the rule of law prevails in the operations and activities of the outfit.”
The statement said further that, in the new arrangement, a Commissioner of Police is now the overall head of the Federal Anti-Robbery Squad nationwide under the Department of Operations, Force Headquarters Abuja.
“The Police Zonal Commands, State Commands, and Divisions will continue to operate anti-crime units/sections, crime prevention and control squads and teams imperative to prevent and detect crimes and criminalities in their Area of Responsibilities, and other crack squads necessary to sustain law and order and protection of life and properties in their Area of responsibilities (AOR).
“Federal Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) will now exist and operate in the State and Zonal Commands under the Commissioner of Police (F-SARS) at the Force Headquarters.
“A Federal SARS Commander of a Rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) and not below Superintendent of Police (SP) will be in charge of FSARS in State and Zonal Commands across the Country. All Commissioners of Police have been directed by the Inspector General of Police to comply with this directive with immediate effect and warn their personnel not to pose as SARS operatives. The IGP X-Squad has been mandated to go round the Commands and Police Formations nationwide to ensure strict compliance and apprehend any erring police officer,” the statement read.
He, however, emphasised that the SARS have been doing very well in fighting violent crimes such as armed robbery, kidnappings and cattle rustling in the country in the recent time resulting in the reduction of incidents of the mentioned violent crimes nationwide.
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