Nigerian Inspector General of Police has bared Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS from giving security protection for Very Important Persons, VIPs.
The IGP, Ibrahim Idris spoke this in a session with SARS Commanders at the force headquarters, Abuja on Friday adding that the clamour by Nigerians to scrape the unit is worrisome.
The IG Noted Below:
The Nigeria Police Force in it proactive demonstration of its sensitivities to the yearnings and demands of modern Policing has emplaced the underlisted measures to stem the remote concerns generated by perceived inadequacies of the SARS Operatives;
a. The designation of the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) Operations to lead SARS as the Strategic Commander.
b. The appointment of a Commissioner of Police as a field Commander of all activities related to SARS. Thus all SARS Operations are answerable to the DIG Operations through the CP FSARS and Commissioners of Police of the Commands.
c. The direct supervision of SARS operations in each state command under the Commissioner of Police in charge of the state through the Deputies Commissioners/Assistant Commissioners of Police in-charge of Operations.
d. Psychometric test, training and continuous assessment of operatives deployed to SARS to determine the suitability or otherwise of their role in keeping with the acceptable standard operating procedure.
e. The sole mandate to prevent, confront and solve cases related to armed robbery and generally protect the public from armed robbery and other violent crimes.
f. Prohibition from conducting a stop and search on roads unless when necessary.
g. Prohibition of SARS Operatives to act as bodyguards, delving into land matters, personal disputes, debt collection and matters that are considered civil.
h. Embark on operations only on the permission of the CP SARS and/or DCs/ACs Operations in the Commands they are answerable to.
i. Operate in official uniform clearly marked for identification.
j. Operations to be conducted on a non-discriminatory, proportionary, fair and accountable manner.
In view of the foregoing, the Nigeria Police Force under my leadership shall operate strictly guided by the human rights principles as enshrined under the United Nations Charter on human rights and other extant laws.
In demonstration of good faith to the aspiration of the Nigeria populace, I have given mandate to the IGP’s Monitoring Units and ‘X’ Squad and other oversight units of the Force to monitor the activities of the SARS Operatives, while in the same vein, citizens are encouraged to avail the Police ways to improve SARS Operations, across the nation.