• June 23, 2021

IGP Bans FSARS, Other Police Tactical Squads From Routine Patrols


By Lucky Uwakina (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other Tactical Squads of the Force have been banned by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, from embarking on routine patrols.

Adamu’s order was contained in a statement issued on Sunday by the Force, Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, which read that the IGP had “banned the personnel of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other Tactical Squads of the Force including the Special Tactical Squad (STS), Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Anti-Cultism Squad and other Tactical Squads operating at the Federal, Zonal and Command levels, from carrying out routine patrols and other conventional low-risk duties – stop and search duties, checkpoints, mounting of roadblocks, traffic checks, etc – with immediate effect.”

According to the ban order, personnel of the above named squads were ordered to desist from conducting stop and search duties, checkpoints, mounting of roadblocks, traffic checks, etc with immediate effect, warning the Tactical Squads against the invasion of the privacy of citizens particularly, which included the “indiscriminate and unauthorized search of mobile phones, laptops and other smart devices,” adding that “they are to concentrate and respond only to cases of armed robbery, kidnapping and other violent crimes when the need arises.”

Following the alleged brutality by security operatives in several parts of the country, many Nigerians took to the social media to express their anger over the activities of men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigerian police, calling for the unit to be proscribed.


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