The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force has been banned by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, from conducting stop and search operations on roads except when needed.
According to reports from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), some group of Nigerians recently in the social media, called for the scrapping of SARS over alleged harassment of innocent Nigerians, using the hashtag #EndSARS.
The Inspector- General of Police pledged to restructure and reposition the unit for effective service delivery.
Mr. Idris also warned members of the group against acting as bodyguards, delving into land matters and debt collection that were considered civil.
Also, the IGP warned that members of the unit must only carry out operations with the authorization 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.
He instructed 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 IGP noted that the formation of the unit was due to the heinous activities of the men of the underworld.
He said as part of measures to check the unit, they would be only mandated to confront only armed robbery cases and violent crimes in the country,
Mr. Idris also said men deployed to SARS would undergo training, continuous assessment and psychometric test to determine their aptness.