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IG of Police revives SARS, issues new rules of engagement

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The notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigeria Police which was disbanded last year, has been revived.

Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba gave the directive for SARS to be brought back after it was disbanded by former IG Mohammed Adamu following the #EndSARS protests.

The unit was scrapped after series of allegations of brutality, extrajudicial killings, and human rights abuses.

According to SaharaReporters, the IGP released new rules of engagement on the operation of SARS officers.

In a statement on Thursday, the Baba said that the anti-robbery unit has been reformed.

Part of the new terms and conditions include that no SARS personnel is allowed to interface in any civil matter, neither are they allowed to interfere in cybercrime operations or arrest suspected fraudsters.

The Police boss, however, stated clearly that SARS officers are strictly for armed robbery and kidnapping cases.

IGP Baba stated that the new rules of engagement are seen below:

“No SARS personnel is allowed to interface in any civil matter. They are not allowed to interfere in cybercrime (yahoo yahoo).

“No SARS personnel is allowed to conduct a stop and search exercise unless there is a distress call from victims or members of the public.

“They are not allowed to be involved in commercial matters, debt recovery, (landlord vs tenant issues).

“They are not allowed to interfere in any social/relationship cases (marital matters, boyfriend/girlfriend relationship).

“They are strictly for armed robbery and kidnapping cases!”

The Police boss also encouraged citizens to report cases of harassment by any of its officials to the following office: DIG, Department of Operations:

08037025670, IGP X-SQUAD 0902 690 0729, 08078662130, 08174041000 – CALLS.

0903 227 8905 – SMS.

0903 562 1377 – WhatsApp

 
 
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