#EndSARS: Lagos Judicial Panel Continues Hearings With 10 Petitions

File photo of Lagos State Judicial Panel

 

The Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution for victims of SARS and other related matters resumed its sitting today with 10 petitions listed for hearing today.

The first petition of Tomori Gbolagbade against the Nigeria Police was adjourned to February 6 at the instance of the police counsel, Joseph Eboseremen, who asked the panel to grant one more adjournment as the police was still experiencing difficulties with tracing the necessary files relevant for the case.

In the second petition of Sulaimon Raheem vs FSARS, the petitioner who walks with the aid of frames continued his testimony from where he stopped at a previous sitting.

He had testified at that sitting that he was shot by one corporal Sunday David sometime in 2016.

Today, he was asked to identify pictures of him taken while he was on the hospital bed and same was admitted as exhibits.

The panel also admitted in evidence an online publication on the police corporal, Sunday David, who was allegedly killed by a mob in the Agege area while trying to save the life of an internet fraudster.

The petitioner further testified saying: “when the corporal shot me, the matter was reported to the police but no one reached out to give me any form of assistance”.

“The doctor said if I want to travel out of the country to get proper treatment so I can walk, I need at least N10million. I’m begging this panel to please assist me. There’s no support from government or the family of the police who shot me”.

Under cross-examination from police counsel, Joseph Eboseremen, the petitioner admitted that he did not personally report the shooting at the police station as he was unconscious immediately after.

He, however, said he was informed that his people reported the matter at Elere Police Station, Orile Agege on the same day, January 10, 2016, before he was taken to the police station.

When asked for a copy of the police report or any other document to support this claim, he said it was missing along with some other receipts as he had been carried about from one hospital to another in search of healing.

As proof of his petition, the petitioner’s lawyer, Sylvester Agih, called a second witness, Raheem Abdulrasaq, who identified himself as an elder brother to the petitioner.

In his testimony, he said, “On 10th January, 2016, I received a call that my brother had been shot by a policeman at Agege area. I asked for his whereabouts and was told he was taken to the General Hospital at Agege. He was given first aid treatment at the Emergency Ward and then referred to Ikeja General Hospital. After treatment there, they referred us to LUTH. He was admitted in the emergency ward and they asked us to do full MRI scan at Mecure in Lekki.

“We took him there in an ambulance and took the results back to LUTH. The results showed his spinal cord was injured and he needed surgery. He was admitted and after treatment for some weeks they discovered that the bullet was no longer in his body as it had penetrated. After months, he was discharged and asked to go for intensive physiotherapist care.

“He couldn’t move his hands or legs. it was like he was paralyzed and we went to the Federal Medical Centre in Abeokuta”.

The panel then admitted Mecure MRI Scan & medical bills as exhibits as well a LUTH report by the Chief Radiographer.

“No compensation has been received. We are still indebted to friends and families who have been offering help”, the witness said.

The panel adjourned further proceedings in the petition till February 16.

In the third petition of Ndukwe Ekekwe vs FSARS, the panel received a letter from the counsel to the petitioner stating his inability to attend sitting because he lost his father and has had to travel for his burial.

The panel then adjourned till February 26 at the petitioners’ instance.

In the 4th petition of Olajide Fowotade, police counsel, Joseph Eboseremen said, “we made candid efforts to reach Dolapo Badmus (who had been summoned by the panel at its last sitting to say what she knows about the case) in Abuja, and we got no response. We went back to the divisions where the petitioner alleged that the incident took place and the officers who are conversant with the issues were said to be on their way, so we asked for a stand down or a short adjournment”.

Panel granted the request and ordered a short stand down.

The next petition was that of Albarka Youth Foodstuff Sellers Association vs Nigerian Police, the panel said it received a letter asking that the petition be withdrawn.

The panel chairman ruled, stating that “upon a letter for a withdrawal of this matter, the withdrawal not being objected to, the matter is accordingly struck out”.

In the 6th petition of Oladoyin Ademola, the petitioner is represented by Sylvester Agi who expressed his readiness to go on.

But the police counsel, Joseph Eboseremen made an objection, stating that “we have an issue, this petition mentions no police officer, no division. It is the duty of the petitioner to help this panel. Police has no less than 300,000 officers across the country and we cant embark on a wild goose chase looking for who is involved.

The petitioner counsel, Sylvester Agi in his response said, “we ask the panel to discountenance the objections because the petition clearly states Dopemu Police Station as well as the date on which the incident happened. We submit that the DPO of the station can identify the officers on duty on the said day and we ask that the petition be allowed on its merits.

The Panel Chairman, Justice Doris Okuwobi said she finds the objection strange. She reminded parties that the panel is a fact-finding body set up to deal with police brutality of citizenry and to recommend restitution. For this reason, the fact that there are no named officers is irrelevant.

She declared the objection baseless and not brought in good faith. It lacks merit and is dismissed. The petition will be heard by the panel.

Thereafter, the panel took a short recess to reconvene shortly after.

Extra-Judicial Killings: Banning F-SARS Not The Solution – Lawan

A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

 

The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan says banning the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) is not the solution to cases of extrajudicial killings by the Police unit.

His statement comes after the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, last week, banned F-SARS personnel and other Tactical Squads of the Force from embarking on routine patrols.

Senator Lawan stated this on Wednesday during plenary in response to a motion by Senator Oluremi Tinubu on extrajudicial killings and human rights violations by SARS operatives.

According to the Senate President, one of the solutions is to arrest and prosecute police officers who have engaged in extrajudicial killings.

READ ALSO: IGP Bans FSARS, Other Police Tactical Squads From Routine Patrols

Federal lawmakers who debated the motion say the abuse and human rights violations by the police, particularly, SARS have reached alarming levels.

The Senate is consequently directing its committees on Police and Human Rights to investigate cases of human rights violations and extrajudicial killings by the police.

The lawmakers are also asking the police to set up hotlines for Nigerians to report abuses and human rights violations by its officials.

The upper chamber is further asking the police to set up a monitoring unit to look into the operations of its men.

Eight Things The Inspector General Of Police Promised To Do About #EndSARS

A file photo of a police officer on duty.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Sunday banned the personnel of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other Tactical Squads of the Force from embarking on routine patrols.

In a statement by the spokesman of the Force, DCP Frank Mba, the IGP “banned the personnel of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other Tactical Squads of the Force including the Special Tactical Squad (STS), Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Anti-Cultism Squad and other Tactical Squads operating at the Federal, Zonal and Command levels, from carrying out routine patrols and other conventional low-risk duties – stop and search duties, checkpoints, mounting of roadblocks, traffic checks, etc – with immediate effect.”

Following the Police boss’s directive, here are eight things the IGP promised to do about the outrage over the incessant reports of SARS brutality.

1. FSARS, STS, and IRT are now banned from routine patrol on the streets

2. FSARS, STS, and IRT are banned from stop and search.

3.  FSARS, STS, and IRT are banned from checkpoints, roadblock, and traffic checks with immediate effect.

4. No police officer including personnel from FSARS, STS, IRT is authorised to embark on patrol or tactical assignment on mufti.

Infographic on eight things the Inspector General of Police promised to do about #ENDSARS
Designer: Benjamin Oluwatoyin

 

5. FSARS, STS, IRT personnel must appear in their police uniforms or approved tactical gear while on official assignment.

6. No more indiscriminate and unauthorised search of phones and laptops and other smart devices.

7. FSARS and other tactical squads must concentrate and respond only to cases of armed robbery, kidnapping, and other violent crimes when the cases arise.

8. The monitoring of F-SARS activities is to be improved in order to properly sanction erring officials.

Lagos Ex-CP Faults Ban Of FSARS, Calls For Audit Of Internal Mechanism

Former Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Fatai Owoseni.

 

A former Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Fatai Owoseni has faulted the ban of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS).

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, the ex-police commissioner called for the audit of what he described as the organisation’s internal mechanism.

“It is not the best way to go; it is actually not the way to go. I think what the police leadership should do is to properly audit the internal oversight mechanism that is in place,” he said.

Owoseni, who is also the Special Adviser to Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Security also reacted to calls made by Nigerians for the disbandment of SARS.

He accused SARS operatives of failing to abide by the rules and regulations that govern them in the discharge of their duties.

The ex-police boss wants the Force to put some measures in place to ensure that SARS operatives are being checked to avoid abuse of office.

READ ALSO: Restructuring: We Will Not Succumb To Pressure, Says Presidency

“All that is happening is because somehow the police have refused and failed to discharge their responsibilities in accordance with the extant rules and regulations.

“The so-called FSARS have rules and regulations that guide them. They consistently failed to abide by these rules.

“When measures like these are taken, nobody audits those measures to see the measure of compliance,” he said.

His remarks come a day after the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, banned the personnel of the FSARS and other Tactical Squads of the Force from embarking on routine patrols.

The IGP, according to a statement issued on Sunday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, warned officers against carrying out stop and search duties, checkpoints, mounting of roadblocks, traffic checks, etc with immediate effect.

Adamu also cautioned officers of the Tactical Squads against the invasion of the privacy of citizens particularly.

Also, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo condemned the violations of young people’s rights, describing it as unacceptable and annoying.

Osinbajo noted that the Nigeria Police is saddled with the responsibility of protecting Nigerians, adding that 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 activity ought to be investigated and prosecuted.”

‘Senate Remains Committed To Passage Of #PoliceReformBill’, Saraki Reacts To Killing Of Kolade Johnson

 

The President of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, has said that the 8th Senate remains committed to the Police Reform Bill. 

Senate Saraki made this comment as part of a series of tweets in reaction to the killing of Kolade Johnson by alleged SARS operatives.

The Senate President said, “My heartfelt prayers are with the family and friends of Kolade Johnson, the young football fan who was allegedly killed by men of the Nigerian Police in Mangoro/Onipetesi community in Lagos.

“Issues like the senseless killings, assault and extortion of everyday Nigerians by some ‘bad apples’ in the Police Force is what prompted @NGRSenate to introduce and fast-track the progression of the #PoliceReformBill.

“I have also been in contact with the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs and I am pleased to announce that the Report of the #PoliceReformBill will be laid by next week Tuesday.

“Make no mistake, the 8th Senate remains committed to the passage of the #PoliceReformBill to ensure that our Police Force is more efficient and responsive to the needs of all Nigerians.”

Channels Television had earlier reported that Kolade Johnson was reportedly shot accidentally by SARS officers who had been pursuing another man at the football viewing center.

Reports suggest that Kolade Johnson was hit by a stray bullet when SARS officers tried to disperse a crowd during an operation to arrest another man.

There has been a public outcry over the killing, with thousands of people using the #EndSARS social media hashtag in the past 24 hours.

The Police has, however, come out to say that they have arrested a team of personnel allegedly involved in the killing, claiming that the officers were not of the SARS unit, but of the Anti Cultism unit.

Police spokesperson, Mr. Bala Elkana, confirmed this in a statement on Monday.

Elkana noted that the police personnel involved in the killing will be subjected to internal disciplinary procedures and may be prosecuted in conventional court if implicated by the ongoing investigation.

He further said that the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Mr Zubairu Muazu, has called for calm on the part of the residents.

According to him, the police commissioner assured Nigerians that justice will prevail in the case and condoled with the family, friends, and well-wishers of the victim.

#EndSARS: This Evil Act Has Been Endured For Long, SARS Must Leave Us – Nigerians React

 

The tragedy which struck on Olu Aboderin Street, Onipetesi area of Lagos State, on Sunday has stirred protests across social media, with Nigerians demanding the end of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) police unit.

SARS operatives from the Lagos State Police Command allegedly shot and killed a young man identified as Kolade Johnson.

Reports suggest that operatives stormed an eatery in the area to arrest a man, who was watching a live English Premiership League football match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

Sources said the victim who was a friend of the man to be arrested, challenged the operatives on why they would cart away his friend and one of the SARS operatives allegedly shot him dead.

Angry youths took to the streets in protest of the killing.

They blocked the two sides of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway and set up bonfires, causing traffic gridlock in the process.

The protest did not, however, stop on the streets, as many Nigerians, groups, and organizations took to social media to protest and seek redress for the killing.

READ ALSO: #EndSARS: Nigerian Justice System Has Failed To Prevent, Punish Torture – Amnesty International

Below are some of the reactions by various Nigerians, as drawn from Twitter.

 

‘Reforms On SARS Will Not Be Cosmetic’ – Frank Mba

 

The Nigeria Police Force Wednesday said that reforms on Federal Special Anti-robbery Squad (FSARS) are not going to be cosmetic.

According to the police spokesman, ACP Frank Mba who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, the FSARS was decentralised in a bid to correct the abnormality, restore order and bring the police closer to the people.

“It will correct every anomaly, bureaucratic bottleneck &bring the Police close to the people. The IGP is committed to this willpower & has directed the command CPs on his policy direction in this regard,” Mba said.

He said, “Decentralisation of SARS is to ensure unity of command and control and in line with democratic and community policing. This is just a tip of the iceberg among very many reforms IGP MA ADAMU mni is bringing in the Force

“We are committed to giving Nigerians the best security arrangement in the general election with equal playing ground & adequate security for all. As the lead agency in internal security, we will work with other security and safety agencies to ensure a safe and secure environment”.

ACP Mba said the decentralisation directions of Ag. IGP MA Adamu, is constitutional, arguing that Section 215 of the constitution explains this initiative.

The police spokesman said the move is just “a tip of the iceberg among very many reforms IGP Mohammed Adamu is bringing in the Force.”

He further stressed that the decentralisation of FSARS will bring the police close to the people and reduce hiccups.

 

Channels Television had earlier reported that the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammed Adamu on Monday ordered the immediate decentralisation of the FSARS unit.

The immediate past IGP, Ibrahim Idris, had centralised operations of SARS into FSARS at the force headquarters and placed it under the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Operations), as part of the reforms of the squad.

The decentralisation has since stirred debates, but Mba assured that all that the new initiative seeks to achieve to make the police more accessible to the people.

Acting IGP Orders Disbandment Of FSARS, Others

 

The Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate disbandment of the Federal SARS, Special Investigation Panel and Special Tactical Squad.

He announced this on Monday at his inaugural conference with Commissioners of Police and other senior officers in Abuja.

Based on the new directive, there will now be a Special Anti-Robbery Squad domiciled in each of the 36 states under the direct supervision of the Commissioners of Police.

The IGP Special Investigation Panel and IGP Special Tactical Squad were established by the former IGP, Ibrahim Idris, who also centralised the operations of SARS into Federal SARS.

Police Dismiss FSARS Operative Accused Of Extorting N5,000 From Woman

Police Dismiss FSARS Operative Accused Of Extorting N5,000 From Woman
Charles Omotosho

 

The police have dismissed an operative of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), Inspector Charles Omotosho, over an allegation of extortion.

The Force Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) revealed this in a series of tweets on Friday, three months after Omotosho was arrested for the offence.

READ ALSO: SARS Operative Arrested For Extorting N5,000 From Woman

His dismissal was approved by the Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone 2, Lagos, Ibrahim Adamu, following a review of the Orderly Room proceedings, the PCRRU added.

According to the unit, Omotosho was found guilty of the anti-corruption laws of the police while his uniforms and identity card have since been retrieved from him.

The police also demoted other accomplices of the dismissed inspector, whose identities were not disclosed, from the rank of sergeant to corporal.

Photo: Twitter/ @PoliceNG_PCRRU

 

Omotosho was apprehended in May for allegedly arresting a lady in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State, after which he was said to have forcefully collected N5,000 from the victim.

The police said he was immediately removed from front-line duties and taken into custody after the dismissed officer was identified to have committed the crime.

‘Police Are Working’, Nigerians React To SARS Operative's Arrest Over Extortion
Dismissed police officer, Inspector Charles Omotosho, holding a copy of his statement of bank account which confirms the alleged extortion of N5,000.

 

A screenshot of the complaint as received by the Police PCRRU via Twitter

Police Announce Overhaul Of SARS (FULL STATEMENT)

Inspector-General Of Police, Ibrahim Idris

 

The Nigeria Police Force has announced the overhaul of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) following a directive by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.

The changes were announced on Tuesday in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood.

See the full statement below:

RE- PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE ON IMMEDIATE OVERHAUL OF SPECIAL ANTI-ROBBERY SQUAD (SARS)

· IGP IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE HAS ORDERED IMMEDIATE OVERHAULING OF SPECIAL ANTI-ROBBERY SQUAD (SARS) ACROSS THE COUNTRY
· THE OUTFIT WILL NOW BE KNOWN AS FEDERAL SPECIAL ANTI-ROBBERY SQUAD (FSARS). ALL SARS TEAMS NATIONWIDE HAVE BEEN COLLAPSED UNDER FSARS
· A NEW COMMISSIONER OF POLICE HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS THE OVERALL HEAD OF THE FEDERAL SPECIAL ANTI-ROBBERY SQUAD NATIONWIDE.

 

The Inspector General of Police in compliance with the Presidential directives has ordered the immediate overhauling of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to address complaints and allegations on human rights violations against some of the personnel of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) from members of the public in some parts of the Country.

2. In the new arrangement, a new Commissioner of Police has been appointed as the overall head of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad nationwide.

3. The Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad previously under the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department (FCIID) is henceforth to operate under the Department of Operations, Force Headquarters Abuja. The Commissioner of Police (FSARS) is answerable to the Inspector General of Police through the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Department of Operations.

4. In observance of full compliance with the Presidential directives, the Federal Anti-Robbery Squad will be intelligence driven and will be restricted to the prevention and detection of Armed Robbery, kidnapping and the apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences only.

5. New FSARS Commanders are being appointed for the Federal Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) across the country that will now exist and operate in the State and Zonal Commands under the Commissioner of Police (F-SARS) at the Force Headquarters, Abuja. A Federal SARS Commander of a Rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) but not below Superintendent of Police (SP) will be in charge of FSARS in State and Zonal Commands across the Country.

6. 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 and Monitoring Unit have been mandated to go round the Commands and Police Formations nationwide to ensure strict compliance with the Presidential directives and apprehend any erring police officer.

7. A new Standard Operational Guidelines and Procedures, and code of conduct for all FSARS personnel to ensure that the operations of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad is in strict adherence to the rule of law and with due regards to international human rights law and constitutionally guaranteed rights of suspects will be enforced in totality by the Commissioner of Police, FSARS. Other measures to be implemented by the Force in observance of full compliance with the presidential directives are as follows:

i. Human Rights Desk Officers for FSARS in every State to take complaints from the public and forward same to Force Headquarters, the officer will be answerable to the Commissioner of Police, FSARS at the Force Headquarters and not Commander FSARS in the States.

ii. Medical/Psychological evaluation of all FSARS personnel will be carried out immediately.

iii. Redesigning of new uniform with identity name tag for all FSARS personnel throughout the Country will be done immediately.

iv. Henceforth, FSARS personnel will not perform Stop and Search duties except on distress call to respond to armed robbery and kidnapping offences only.

8. The Force will be transparent, cooperate, and work cordially with the National Human Right Commission on the special panel that will conduct an investigation of the alleged unlawful activities of FSARS to address grievances from the public against the personnel of FSARS in compliance with the presidential directives.

9. Furthermore, a new training program to be organized by the Force in collaboration with some Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Local and International NGOs, and other Human Rights Organizations on core Police Duties, Observant of Human Rights and Handling, Care and Custody of Suspects have been directed by the Inspector General of Police for all Federal SARS personnel nationwide with immediate effect.

10. A committee of Senior Police officers, Technical Consultants, Human Rights/Civil Society organizations (CSOs) has been set up to review the activities of FSARS under the new arrangement. They are to pay unscheduled visits to FSARS formations across the country with particular attention to states with high complaints index, to assess facilities and situations in these states and submit a report to the Inspector General of Police on regular basis.

11. However, aggrieved members of the public who have any complaint in the past or present of violation of their rights by any Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) personnel anywhere in the country are to report through any of the following channels for investigation and redress.

i. DIG, Department of Operations: 08037025670
ii. IGP X-SQUAD
0902 690 0729, 08078662130, 08174041000 – CALLS
0903 227 8905 – SMS
0903 562 1377 – WhatsApp

Email: [email protected]

iii. IGP Monitoring Unit: [email protected], 08036242591

iv. Commissioner of Police, FSARS: 08033476852

v. FORCE PUBLIC COMPLAINT BUREAU

07056792065 Calls/SMS/WhatsApp
08088450152 Calls/SMS/WhatsApp

Email: [email protected], [email protected]
Twitter: @PoliceNG

www.facebook.com/ngpolice

vi. PUBLIC COMPLAINT RAPID RESPONSE UNIT (PCRRU)
08057000001 – Calls Only
08057000002 – Calls Only
08057000003 – SMS & WhatsApp only
Twitter: @PoliceNG_PCRRU
www.facebook.com/PolicePCRRU

NGOs/CSOs
vii. [email protected], 08027757359
viii. [email protected], [email protected], 09051133035
ix. [email protected]
x. [email protected], 07037887630

Presidential Order: IGP Overhauls SARS, Appoints New Commanders

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(File) IGP Ibrahim Idris speaks to reporters In Abuja.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, overhauled the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS)  following a presidential order on Tuesday.

As part of the overhaul, SARS has been renamed Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), with a new commissioner of police appointed to head the unit.

Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, announced the changes in a statement on Tuesday, hours after Acting President Yemi Osinbajo ordered the immediate overhaul of SARS.

Read Also: Police Announce Overhaul Of SARS (FULL STATEMENT)

The changes are aimed at addressing repeated allegations of human rights violations levelled against SARS personnel by Nigerians.

“In the new arrangement, a new Commissioner of Police has been appointed as the overall head of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad nationwide,” Moshood said.

The Commissioner of Police (FSARS) is answerable to the Inspector General of Police through the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Department of Operations.

The IGP also altered FSARS’ mode of operation.

Prior to the overhaul, the FSARS was under the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department (FCIID).

As part of the changes it would now operate under the Department of Operations, Force Headquarters Abuja.

Explaining the changes further, Moshood said, “New FSARS Commanders are being appointed for the Federal Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) across the country that will now exist and operate in the State and Zonal Commands under the Commissioner of Police (F-SARS) at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.

“A Federal SARS Commander of a Rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) but not below Superintendent of Police (SP) will be in charge of FSARS in State and Zonal Commands across the Country.

In his directive to the IGP for the overhaul of SARS, the Acting President asked him to ensure that any unit that emerges from the overhaul is intelligence-driven, restricted to the prevention and detection of armed robbery, kidnapping, apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences, and nothing more.

According to Moshood, this is also reflected in the changes made.

“In observance of full compliance with the Presidential directives, the Federal Anti-Robbery Squad will be intelligence driven and will be restricted to the prevention and detection of Armed Robbery, kidnapping and the apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences only,” he said.

According to Moshood, steps have been taken to monitor the operations of FSARS to ensure that it complies strictly with the Presidential directives.

“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,” he said.

“The IGP X-Squad and Monitoring Unit have been mandated to go round the Commands and Police Formations nationwide to ensure strict compliance with the Presidential directives and apprehend any erring police officer.”

IGP Deploys Police Special Intervention Force To Ile-Ife

IGP Deploys Helicopters, Anti-Bomb Sqaud To Kaduna AirportThe Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, has deployed Police Special Intervention Force to Ile-Ife, Osun state, following the clash that occurred on March 8, 2017 and resulted in the loss of innocent lives as well as destruction of property worth Millions of Naira.

The Special Intervention Force, comprises Five units of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) specially trained Anti-Riot Policemen, Five Cells of Counter Terrorism Unit, Conventional Policemen, Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Intelligence Response Team, Technical Intelligence Unit, SIB, detachment of EOD, Police K9 (Sniffer Dogs Section), with their Headquarters in Ile-Ife.

They would be led by the Commissioner of Police in charge of PMF, Force Headquarters, Abuja and their operations would cover the entire Ile-Ife and environs, and other flash/trouble spots in Osun State.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh O. Moshood.

Furthermore, the statement revealed that the Police Special Intervention Forces are already on the ground working in synergy with the Osun State Police Command to ensure that total peace and normalcy is restored and sustained in Ile-Ife and environs.

“To achieve success in the operations, the Force will be proactive and strict in the enforcement of its mandates, Police standard operations procedures and rule of engagement. The Force will ensure the full enforcement of the curfew imposed on Ile-Ife and environs by the Osun state government.

“The personnel of the Police Special Intervention Force will carry out 24 hours surveillance and patrol, stop and search; continuous raids of identified criminal hideouts and black spots, with a view to arrest promptly trouble makers, their sponsors and nip in the bud, any further attempt to cause violence and other criminalities in the general area.

“The deployment of the personnel will equally cover communities, towns, villages, vulnerable points, Government and private infrastructures and facilities in Ile-Ife and environs.

“Joint Investigation Team made up of Personnel of Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, (FSARS), SIP and Osun State Police Command CIID headed by an experienced Commissioner of Police under the supervision of Deputy Inspector General of Police (FCIID), are already in Ile-Ife and have succeeded in arresting the arrow-head and principal suspect including some of his thugs that caused the death of most of the innocent victims.”

Idris, therefore, called on citizens to support security officials in eliminating crime in the state.

“Traditional rulers, religious leaders, public office holders, politicians, opinion leaders, parents and guardians are hereby called upon to prevail on their subjects, supporters, children and wards to support the personnel of the Police Special Intervention Force in the discharge of their responsibilities, and propagate peace, demonstrate love, and tolerance to promote harmonious co-existence with their fellow citizens, irrespective of religious, ethnic inclinations and differences.”

The Police boss then assured residents of  adequate security and protection of their lives and property.

He urged them to be law abiding and to give a chance for peace to prevail.