The commissioner of police, Lagos State, Imohimi Edgar, yesterday, warned Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) personnel against flouting recent directive from the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim K Idris, concerning their operations, saying they must restrict their role to the handling of violent crimes like armed robbery and kidnapping.
Edgar, who gave the warning at a meeting held with FSARS personnel, including officers of Anti-Cultism and Anti- Kidnapping at POWA Secretariat, Oduduwa Street, GRA, Ikeja, added that they must be dressed in police uniform while carrying out their functions and not mufti, which used to be the case.
He said that the meeting was to ensure adherence and compliance with the directive and warned the men and officers never to operate in commercial vehicles.
Edgar added that it is no longer acceptable for FSARS personnel to operate in any other type of clothes except the full police uniform.
The Lagos Police boss therefore, urged members of the public to alert the police leadership anytime they see people in mufti or inside a commercial vehicle operating or claiming to be FSARS operatives.
Edgar also urged residents of Agungi, in the Lekki-Ajah area of Lagos, to be on the lookout for a wine-coloured bus with registration number, EKY 841, said to be used by some men parading themselves as FSARS officials.
“We have sufficient grounds to believe that they are imposters,” he said.
Meantime, the CP, in the last four days, had ordered the deputy commissioner of police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation And Intelligence Department (SCIID), Yaba, and the deputy commissioner of police in charge of Operations to inspect the FSARS cells and those detained for non-violent crimes, to have their cases reassigned to other investigation units at the SCIID.
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