Acting President orders overhaul of anti-robbery squad

Cyril Okonkwo, Abuja

Officers of Special Armed Robbery Squad, SARS.

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has directed the Inspector-General of Police to overhaul the management and activities of the Special Armed Robbery Squad, SARS, with immediate effect.

A statement from the office of the acting President said that the directive followed “persistent complaints and reports on the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) that border on allegations of human rights violations.

“Ensure that any Unit that will emerge from the process will be intelligence-driven, restricted to the prevention and detection of armed robbery as well as kidnapping and apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences and nothing more.”

“The Acting President has also directed the IGP to ensure that all operatives in the emerging Unit conduct their operations in strict adherence to the rule of law and with due regard to International Human Rights Law and the constitutionally guaranteed rights of suspects. The operatives should also bear proper identification anytime they are on duty,’‘the statement reads.

It added; “In the meantime, the Acting President has directed the National Human Rights Commission to set up a Special Panel that will conduct an investigation of the alleged unlawful activities of SARS, to afford members of the general public the opportunity to present their grievances with a view to ensuring redress.”


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