SARS not allowed to stop and search except there is a distress call - Police boss

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SARS not allowed to stop and search except there is a distress call - Police boss

- The Nigeria Police Force is currently facing a major public relations crisis

- A segment of the force, Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) has been a thorn in the flesh of Nigerians

- The police say they are making efforts to address the menace

Commissioner of Police, Haliru Gwandu on Tuesday, June 12, had a social media interaction with some Nigerians on the menace of FSARS in recent times.

Many Nigerians had taken to social media to complain of the activities of the police unit who have been accused of extortion, intimidation, physical assault, robbery and the likes in recent times.

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Last week, for the second time in the year, the #EndSARS campaign dominated the social media space as Nigerians once again, called for the scrapping of the notorious police unit.

To address the concerns, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotum Idris, mandate CP Gwandu to address some complaints via the Police Twitter handle.

CP Gwandu said: “The mandate of FSARS is enormous, to tackle violent crimes, armed robbery, kidnapping, cattle rustling etc. The FSARS are not directed by anybody to stop and search except if there is a distress call, for them to nip in the bud such crime.”

On their shabby and unidentifiable mode of dressing, he said: “The IGP has provided the kits for all personnel nation-wide. Our men must obey the code of conducts and also have all the identities required before embarking on an operation.”

Asked if police officers are aware of civilian rights, he said: “All the aspect of human rights, due process and the rule of law must be observed. In short, the operational officers must ensure that they observe the rule of engagements before undertaking any operations.”

He went on to say, “the FSARS can only be found on the road, when there is a black spot which our attention is called for. They are not ordinarily seen on the road, without the above mentioned situations. It is unprofessional to appear untidy.”

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Recently, a gruesome incident reportedly happened at Chinese town in Ojota, Lagos state, when some alleged SARS officers during a raid shot a man they mistook for an internet fraudster.

The incident sparked massive outrage on social media with Nigerians reiterating their calls for the ban of SARS.

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