Ibrahim Idris, (The Inspector-General of Police) has issued a ban to the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force from conducting stop and search operations on roads except when necessary.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some group of Nigerians recently on social media, called for removal of SARS over alleged harassment of innocent Nigerians, using the #EndSARS. Following the allegation, the Inspector- General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, promised to restructure and re-position the unit for effective service delivery. Idris also warned 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” or “You must operate in official uniform clearly marked for identification”. He also warns 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 stated in the United Nations charter on human rights”
Ibrahim Idris 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 head noted that the establishment of the unit was due to activities of the men of the underworld. He also added that as part of measures to check the unit, they would be duely mandated to confront only armed robbery cases and violent crimes in the country, Idris also said that men deployed to SARS would undergo training, continuous assessment and psychometric test to determine their suitability or otherwise.