SARS Operatives Restricted To Robbery, Kidnap Cases

The Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris on Friday directed operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) to wear police uniforms with full identification.

This was contained in a release  by the Force Public Relations Officer,  Jimoh Moshood, boting that the personnel are to comply with the directive pending the launch of a new uniform for the squad.

The police boss gave the directive at a stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja while outlining  the achievement  made by the police in the overhaul of the squad, in line with a presidential order.

The statement said Ibrahim  Idris,  represented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Operations), Mr Habila Joshak, stressed that the overhaul of SARS was beyond rhetoric and that real reform was taking place.

He disclosed that among other things, Federal SARS operatives would no longer attend to civil and commercial matters again, but strictly to armed robbery and kidnap cases only.

Speaking at the event, the newly appointed Commissioner of Police Federal SARS, Habiru Gwandu, informed the gathering of the creation of a Human Rights Desk in every state of the Federation.

He said the establishment was to note and address cases of infractions against members of the public by FSARS personnel anywhere in the country, in collaboration with other human rights organisations.

Gwandu revealed that the police have involved the services of psychologists and counselors in the ongoing screening of FSARS operatives.

Also the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the IGP’s X-Squad,  Amaechi Elumelu, also briefed the gathering on the screening and mobilisation of FSARS operatives.

He said it would not be business as usual any longer, as those intending to join the squad would go through rigorous orientation, human rights training, and other screening processes that would include evaluating their previous records on human rights.

Mr Elumelu announced the setting up of the Custody Records Management System which he said would soon be unveiled by the IGP.

He said the system would contain the records of arrests, detentions and welfare details of suspects, adding that it would discourage arbitrary arrest of people and ensure that suspects were charged to court within 24 hours according to the law.