Police Announce New Measures To Reform SARS

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To reinforce earlier announcement of the reorganisation of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), the Nigeria Police Force has announced new measures to reform the squad.

This was after a meeting by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris and commanders of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) on Friday, December 22.

Part of the new measure is that SARS operatives should not serve as bodyguards or delve into civil matters and must wear their uniforms during operation.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Rivers State, Nnamdi Omoni in a statement made available to Channels Television said the Nigeria Police Force after the IGP lecture, decided to implement new measures to reform the squad.

“SARS Operatives are prohibited from performing roles of “body-guards, delving into land matters, personal disputes, debt collection and civil matters. They are ordered to operate in official uniform clearly marked for identification.

“The designation of the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Operations lead SARS as the Strategic Commander. Commissioner of Police as a field Commander of all activities related to SARS.

“All SARS Operatives are answerable to the DIG Operations through the CP FSARS and Commissioners of Police of the Commands. The direct supervision of SARS operation in each state command under the Commissioner of Police in charge of the state via the DCP / ACP ops,” the statement read in part.

Also, part of the measures is that psychometric test, training and continuous assessment will be carried out on operatives deployed to SARS.

They are also prohibited from conducting a stop and search on roads unless when necessary.

The force stated further that SARS Operations will be monitored by the monitoring units and X-Squad and other oversight units of the Force.

Nigeria citizens are therefore encouraged to avail the police ways to improve SARS Operations, across the nation.

Internal Security: FG To Set Up Committee On Prison Reform

DanbazzauThe Minister of Interior, Abdulrahaman Danbazau, on Monday said that a committee on the reformation of prisons will be soon inaugurated.

This according to him, is part of efforts by the federal government to decongest and secure such facilities across the country.

Mr Danbazzau disclosed this at Kaduna Government House during a meeting with the state governor, Mr Nasir El-Rufai.

He explained that the committee will come up with ways of rehabilitating the prisons in line with global best practices.

He also disclosed that the ministry will collaborate with Kaduna State Government on the decongestion and rehabilitation of the Convict Prison that was built more than 100 years ago.

On security, Danbazau said the Ministry of Interior under his leadership, will partner with the state government to tackle the menace of cattle rustling, kidnapping and herdsmen attacks.

On his part, Governor El-Rufai, while commending the support and contribution of para-military agencies in the fight against crime in the state, requested for the relocation of the Kaduna Convict Prison from its present locationto a more suitable place in the outskirts of town.

He also disclosed that his administration has been conducting periodic jail delivery and granting of amnesty to prisoners with minor offenses as part of efforts to decongest the prisons in the state.

Police Reform Bill not addressing fundamental questions- Jiti Ogunye

Jiti Ogunye a legal practitioner had time to come discuss the Police reform bill with the Sunrise Daily crew.

The possibility of the  police reform bill being passed into law is not concrete righ now as the bill is not an executive bill so what is its probability of being passed to law like some other bills which didnt emanate from executive didnt make it to being a law.