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    IG Police orders FSars Not to Engage in Indiscriminate Search of Mobile Phones & Laptops of Citizens

    The Inspector General of the Nigeria Police Force, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) not to engage in indiscriminate search of mobile phones and laptops of ordinary citizens.

    He also added that FSARS personnel found culpable of illegally detaining a suspect beyond 48 hours risk dismissal.

    Speaking through Amaechi Elumelu, the National Coordinator of X-Squad, at the Anambra State Police Command Headquarters, during a lecture to officers of FSARS, Idris said, as quoted in Saharareporters.com: “You’re barred from searching handsets and laptops of innocent citizens, unless the search is directly linked to a case or directed by IGP or any person or persons he so delegated.

    "Forthwith, any FSARS officer who detains any suspect beyond 48 hours without recourse to the court risks dismissal.

    “Operatives of FSARS are to be trained and retrained regularly to equip them with modern working knowledge and skills to perform optimally in line with international best practices."

    He also stressed that FSARS is created and limited to handling armed robbery and kidnapping cases, and cautioned them against harassing innocent civilians.
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