SARS Overhaul: Operatives To Wear Uniform, Restricted To Robbery, Kidnap Cases

SARS Operatives To Wear Uniform, Restricted To Robbery, Kidnap Cases

 

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has ordered operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) to wear police uniforms with full identification.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Jimoh Moshood, on Friday said the personnel are to comply with the directive pending the launch of a new uniform for the squad.

READ ALSO: Osinbajo Orders Immediate Overhaul Of SARS

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

Mr Idris, who was 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.

In his remarks, the newly appointed Commissioner of Police Federal SARS, Mr 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.

Presidential Order: IGP Overhauls SARS, Appoints New Commanders

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

The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the IGP’s X-Squad, Mr 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.

Reacting to the development, a social media activist, Mr Segun Awosanya, who spearheaded the #ENDSARS Campaign, thanked the President for ordering the overhaul of SARS.

He described the government as a listening one and called for trust between Nigerians and the police.

“If it is well with the police, it is well with the nation,” said Awosanya who promised to support the Force in the reform process.

Suspects Remanded In Prison Over Death Of Delivery Man

Suspects Remanded In Prison Over Death Of Delivery ManPolice on Monday arraigned two suspects accused of conspiring and killing the delivery agent of an online marketing company in Port Harcourt before a Magistrate Court in the Rivers State capital.

Sodienye Mbatumukeke and Excel Naaba were said to have committed the act on March 25, 2017, after robbing the man of his mobile phones and later dumped his body in a septic tank.

The Chief Magistrate, Amadi Amadi-Nna, who declined jurisdiction on the matter, ordered the accused to be remanded in prison custody, pending the legal advice of the Rivers State Director of Public Prosecution.

A police source told Channels Television that investigations have so far revealed that the third accused, a female, has not been found to be connected to the murder, as she was found to have come around after the crime was committed.

An elder brother to the victim, Dolph Otu-Idam, urged well-meaning Nigerians to come to their aid in ensuring that the culprits do not go unpunished.

“The stand of the family is that the company has not told us where my brother is and what happened to him. Secondly, coming to court, they just informed us right now; I have not eaten since morning.

“There is no preparation, the family does not even have a lawyer to defend the matter, because we have been getting threats that the family of the killers have money to throw here and there.

“We just have nowhere to run to as it stands, we are begging all well-meaning Nigerians to come to our aid,” he said.

Police Nab Suspected Killers Of Delivery Agent In Rivers

Police Nab Suspected Killers Of Delivery Agent In RiversMen of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Rivers State on Monday arrested three suspects including a young woman for allegedly conspiring and killing a delivery agent of a popular online marketing company.

The agent was reported to have responded to an online demand by the suspects to supply mobile phones.

He, however, met his death as he was purportedly murdered by the suspects and his body dumped in a soakaway pit.

Although the suspects argued among themselves as to who actually killed the victim, the Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Zaki Ahmed, said it took the cooperation of some residents of the community to nab the suspects.

“It is the effort of the security agents and the community people. Some residents in the community alerted us when they noticed suspicious movements around the area, that’s how we were able to crack this crime.

“I always say that those who commit crime live in the community and if we notice any strange movement, we should speak up. See something, say something,” the Police Commissioner said.

One of the suspects, who claimed he only arrived to see his friend trying to push something that looked like a bag of waste into the pit, said he was a victim of circumstance.

“I just came in and saw him (pointing to his friend by his side) at the extreme packaging something that looked like a black waste and he said to me go inside and wait for me, I’m coming.

“I also over heard a tenant asking him what he was doing there and when I got inside, I saw blood in the bath and a bag that apparently belonged to the victim.

“Due to my asking questions, he brought out a gun and pointed it at my head that if I say anything to anyone concerning what I have seen, he will wipe out my family,” he said.

Also responding to the question of who killed the delivery agent, the other suspect said: “It was the two of us. He hit the man on the head and he was bleeding; I was shaking when I saw the blood”.

The corpse has been taken to the mortuary and the suspects moved to the base of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

High Level Of Insecurity Scares Calabar Residents

Residents Cry Out Over Insecurity In CalabarResidents of Calabar have appealed to the Cross River State Government and security operatives in the state to tighten security network in the metropolis.

Some of the residents told Channels Television that in the past two weeks, they have been living in fear, following series of cult-related activities and other crimes which have led to the death of some persons.

The State Government, however, assured them that the situation was under control.

The government said it has equipped the Nigerian Army with more operational vehicles to assist the Police in tackling the menace.

The Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa, who also assured Calabar residents of safety, disclosed that the State Command has made arrest of some notorious gangs believed to be terrorising residents in some parts of the metropolis.

According to him, a team from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on March 20 at about 1130hrs, arrested a gang of seven youths between the ages of 22 and 28 allegedly involved in armed robbery and cultism.

He said one locally made pistol and some other items were recovered from the suspects, following their confessions to the crimes.

Mr Inuwa said more suspects were also arrested for armed robbery and car snatching at Marina Resort, Calabar.

He said recovered items include two Beretta pistols with three 9mm live ammunition, an axe, two locally made pistols, a Toyota Corolla Car, a Murano SUV and a Toyota Rav4 SUV.

The Police Commissioner said some arrests were also made with connection to piracy, conspiracy and adulterated cement.

He stressed that in view of the successes made by the Police, the Command has the capacity and capability to deal with any miscreants posing danger to the peace of the state.

Rivers Rerun: Wike Vows To Release Video Of Plot To Rig

nyesom-wikeRivers State’s Governor, Mr Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, says the state government will in coming weeks release an audio-visual footage of  a plot to rig the forthcoming re-run election in the state.

He said that the video had the Rivers State Police Commissioner and politicians plan on the methods to be adopted for the planned rigging of the December 10 re-run elections.

Flagging off the rehabilitation of a General Hospital in Abonnema in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area on Monday, Governor Wike said that the audio-visual footage would be made public through different media platforms “to expose the extreme rigging desires of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with the backing of the police and other security agencies”.

Giving a hint of what may likely be in the video, he said that 600 policemen working with the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the state had already been distributed by the Police Commissioner to prominent leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on a local government basis for the indiscriminate arrests of the Peoples Democratic Party’s supporters few days to the election.

The governor added that the 600 SARS personnel distributed would also be used to unleash unprecedented violence on the people on election day, so that the leaders of the APC would have time to substitute results sheets handed over to them by the INEC leadership.


He said: “We are now in possession of the DVD of how the Police Commissioner and some politicians were planning on how to rig the forthcoming Legislative re-run elections in Rivers State.

“We Are Ahead Of Them”

At the appropriate time, we shall release the materials for Nigerians to understand the depth of the electoral fraud being perpetrated by INEC and Police.

“For the security of this all-important audio-visual material, we have mass produced them and kept them at different locations. Nigerians are entitled to know the truth about the unfortunate rigging machine.

“Now that we have caught them on tape, this will shake the world. Rivers State is not like other states where you can plot and execute easy rigging plans.

“We are ahead of them by 50 steps. If they take one step, we take 50. On behalf of our people, we shall continue to monitor these persons who are trying to steal the mandate of our people,” Governor Wike claimed.

Also on Monday, while flagging-off the rehabilitation of General Hospital, Buguma, Governor Wike urged the people of Asari-Toru and Akuku-Toru Local Government Areas to continue to support the PDP and vote all PDP candidates during the re-run elections.

He said: “The PDP has performed in sectors neglected by the immediate past APC administration in the State”, insisting that the era of empty promises are gone.

Governor Wike further pointed out that the people would always stand with the PDP for its performance.

The flag-off ceremony was attended by members of the National and State Assemblies, prominent politicians, traditional rulers, clerics, youth and women groups.

Herdsmen Attack: Police Deploy SARS In Plateau, Nasarawa And Benue

Police, Benue, Plateau, SARS, HerdsmenThe Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 4, Oshodi Glover, has deployed over 60 personnel of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to Plateau, Nasarawa and Benue states.

The police chief says SARS officials, who are trained in the act of human right protection, were among those deployed for internal security, fight against insurgents and herdsmen in the states in north-central Nigeria.

He hinted that the three-day training of the officers was at instance of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris.

Mr Glover added that the training was consequent to allegation by the Amnesty International, alleging human right abuses and torture by SARS officers.

He further explained the rationale for the early deployment of police personnel to rural communities this year ahead of the dry season, saying it was aimed at forestalling the yearly clashes between herdsmen and local farming communities, when the herdsmen come down the Benue valley for greener pasture.

Reps Ask FG To Declare State Of Emergency On Kidnapping

House of Representatives, Reps, KidnappingThe House of Representatives says concrete action must be taken to check the spate of kidnapping in Nigeria.

The lawmakers made the call for a state of emergency to be declared on kidnapping on Wednesday after a debate on a motion of urgent national importance on the need to declare a state of emergency on kidnapping across the country.

The motion was raised by a member of the House from Ondo State, Representative Babatunde kolawole and supported by some of his colleagues including; Ado Dogowa, Emmanuel Orker-Jev and Adam Jagaba.

After deliberations on the issue on the floor of the House in Abuja, lawmakers unanimously agreed that the crime had taken an alarming dimension with the kidnapping of school children.

The House called for a security summit that would fashion an effective response to the kidnapping phenomenon.

They said some committees of the House, telecom service providers and all security agencies would take part in the summit.

The lawmakers are making the move after four students, the principal and his vice were kidnapped at the Lagos State Model College in Igbo Nla in Epe area of the state.

They were kidnapped while on the assembly ground on Thursday, October 6.

The kidnappers had demanded 100 million Naira ransom for the victims to regain freedom before the six kidnapped victims were released on Tuesday, October 11.

Some states in Nigeria had established laws that prescribes capital punishment for persons found guilty for kidnapping.

Lagos School Kidnap Victims Regain Freedom

School KidnapInformation reaching us has it that the six kidnapped victims from the Lagos State Model College, Igbo – Nla in Epe Area of Lagos have been released by their abductors.

The victims are four students, the school principal and his vice kidnapped while on the assembly ground on Thursday, October 6.

The men, alleged to be heavily armed, were said to have invaded the college and whisked away the victims. Two of the kidnapped persons were swiftly rescued by the Police operatives.

The kidnappers later reportedly demanded 100 million Naira ransom for the other victims to regain freedom. It is not clear if any ransom was paid for their release.

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni had promised that the Police would rescue others as more operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) were deployed to ensure this.

School Kidnap: Abductors Of Students, Officials In Lagos Make Demands

Gunmen Abduct , Lagos, Epe, Model College, Gunmen,The abductors of vice principals, a teacher and pupils of Lagos State Model College in Igbo Nla in Epe area of Lagos have demanded 100 million Naira ransom for the victims to regain freedom.

A source told Channels Television on Friday that the gunmen alleged to be from the south-south region headed towards Ogbere River to link up the Ogun River.

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said that efforts were on to rescue others as more operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and the decoy marine team in search of the victims.

The men, alleged to be heavily armed, were said to have invaded the college whisking away the victims.

Two of the eight people kidnapped from school were rescued on Thursday by the Police operatives.

Meanwhile, nine suspects have been arrested over last week’s abduction of the wife of the Central Bank Governor, Margaret Emefiele along Benin-Agbor road.

The suspects who were arrested with millions of Naira by officers of the intelligence response team in Edo, Delta and Benue states are one each from Delta and Benue states and six Fulanis.

One more suspect has also been arrested in the kidnap of some landlords in Isheri, a border community between Lagos and Ogun state.

The latest arrest brings to five the number of suspects in police custody.

School Kidnap: Lagos Police Rescue Two Persons

Gunmen Abduct , Former Minister, Gunmen, KadunaTwo of the eight people kidnapped from the Model College, Igbo Nla in Epe area of Lagos have been rescued by the Police operatives deployed to the area.

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni said that efforts were on to rescue others as more operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have been deployed.

Four students, a teacher and a vice principal of the school were kidnapped by suspected militants in the early hours of Thursday.

The men, alleged to be heavily armed, were said to have invaded the college whisking away the victims.

Prompt Rescue

Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule on Thursday visited the Igbo Nla Senior and Junior Model College and gave the assurance that government would work assiduously to ensure prompt rescue of the victims.

Adebule, who was accompanied by top government officials and head of security agencies to the school, condemned the act, but pleaded with parents and families of the victims to cooperate with government and security agencies in ensuring prompt rescue of the victims.

In a series of tweets, the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has also pleaded with parents and families of the victims to cooperate with government and security agencies in ensuring prompt rescue of the victims

He added that “all security agencies have been fully mobilized to ensure the prompt rescue of the kidnap victims”.

National Importance

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has also asked security agencies to intensify rescue efforts for the victims.

The resolution by the House followed a motion by a Lagos lawmaker, Honourable Wale Raji, under matters of urgent national importance.

Mr Raji told the House how the incident happened while students were observing early morning prayers.

He said that he heard about the development shortly after the House resumed plenary and he was compelled to bring it to the attention of the House and, by extension, the country.

Incidents of attacks by militants have been on the increase in riverine communities in Lagos state.

Amnesty International Indicts SARS Of Extorting Detainees

Amnesty International, Police, Rights AbuseGlobal human rights body, Amnesty International, has released a new report, indicting the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force of extra judicial killing, torture and collection of bribes from detainees.

A senior research officer at the Amnesty International, Damian Ugwu, hinted reporters about the report entitled “You Have Signed Your Death Warrant” on Wednesday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He alleged that SARS officials use torture and threats of execution to make suspects confess to crimes.

Mr Ugwu noted that the report represented findings from victims of torture in the Federal Capital Territory, Enugu and Anambra states.

However, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has denied the allegation and described the findings of Amnesty International’s report as “biased”.

He insisted that the report was based on perception, noting that the police were not given the opportunity to respond to the allegations.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of SARS, Paul Yakadi, also faulted the report.

He said it was impossible to discipline erring officers when nobody reported the alleged infractions.

Plateau: Police Arrest Suspected Herdsmen With Ammunition

Police-Herdsmen-PlateauPolice have apprehended seven suspected Fulani herdsmen along Riyom/Ganawuri road in Plateau State.

The arrest was made by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigerian Police Force during a stop and search operation on the highway.

The arrest was disclosed to reporters by the Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Adekunle Oladunjoye, during a briefing on the command’s activities in Jos.

Mr Oladujoye said that 504 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, four locally constructed AK47 butts and other incriminating items were found on the suspects during the operation.

He hinted that the Police also nabbed a group of syndicate known as ‘Sarasuka’, who specialised in molesting residents around the new stadium within the Jos metropolis.

The Police Commissioner appealed to the public to help complement the efforts of the security agents in combating crimes and criminal activities in the north-central state.

He asked them to help provide useful information on activities of criminal elements and their probable hideouts within their communities, in order to ensure guaranteed security of lives and property in the state.