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    Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) Banned from Conducting Stop & Search Operations on Roads

    Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force has been banned from conducting stop and search operations on roads except when necessary, the Nigerian News Agency reports.

    The Inspector- General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, made this announcement following the wild outcry in the social media, calling for the scrapping of SARS over alleged harassment of innocent Nigerians, using the #EndSARS, and promised to restructure and reposition the unit for effective service delivery.

    Idris also cautioned members of the group against acting as body-guards, delving into land matters and debt collection that were considered civil.

    He further warned that members of the unit must only embark on operations with the permission of the commissioner of police in charge of SARS in the police commands.

    “You must operate in official uniform clearly marked for identification.

    “I just want to warn you all here that any officer caught engaging in these activities will be dealt with accordingly.

    “The Nigeria Police force under my leadership shall operate strictly guided by the human rights principles as enshrined in the United Nations charter on human rights,”he said, as made available by the News Agency.

    He mandated the Inspector-General of police’s monitoring units and the X-squad and other over sights unit of the force to monitor the activities of the SARS.

    The police boss noted that the establishment of the unit was due to activities of the men of the underworld and further directed that they be solely mandated to confront only armed robbery cases and violent crimes in the country,

    To further checkmate their excesses, Idris also said that men deployed to SARS would undergo training, continuous assessment and psychometric test to determine their suitability or otherwise.
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