The Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, has directed the immediate redeployment of officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, of the Nigeria Police, who have served more than ten years in a state. This is in line with the ongoing restructuring of the SARS from state to F-SARS by the Nigerian Police authorities as ordered by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, following the public outcry over the unsophisticated conduct of the unit across the country. The IGP gave the directive through the leader, IGP X-Squad Federal Headquarters Abuja, deputy commissioner of Police, Amaechi Elumelu, while addressing officers of the unit in Imo State Police Command yesterday, in Owerri. Describing SARS as the most effective unit in the Nigeria Police, the IGP said that the unit is supposed to be a specialised unit according to the mandate establishing it. He ordered that every officer of the unity must upgrade by undergoing the computer training and other types of training to give them quick mental development. He further directed that henceforth, no suspect should be detained for more than 48hours, except in the case of kidnapping and armed robbery, adding that if there is any need to detain any suspect beyond 48hours, the officer must obtain a valid court warrant or risk dismissal from the force.
He further directed that any information henceforth must pass through the commissioner of police in the state, warning that any officer who fails to comply with the directive will face dismissal.
The IGP also directed that to ensure effective restructuring of the unit, officers must continue to appear in their usual Police uniforms until their new uniforms are out.
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