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Reorganise SARS now, they act like arm robbers -- Osinbajo orders IGP Idris


Reorganise SARS now, they act like arm robbers -- Osinbajo orders IGP Idris



The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday directed the
Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to immediately begin the
overhaul of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad that he is not move by the way they work; SARS are behaving like arm robbers.




He has also directed the National Human Rights Commission to set up a
panel to probe allegations of rights abuse by the Police unit.




The Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and
Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement made
available to journalists.




Akande said the Acting President’s directive was based on persistent
complaints being made by members of the public against the SARS.



He said Osinbajo also directed the Police IG to ensure that any unit
that will emerge from the overhaul is intelligence-driven and restricted
to the prevention and detection of crimes.




The statement read, “Following persistent complaints and reports on
the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad that border on
allegations of human rights violations, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo,
SAN, has directed the Inspector General of Police to, with immediate
effect, overhaul the management and activities of SARS and ensure that
any unit that will emerge from the process will be intelligence-driven
and restricted to the prevention and detection of armed robbery and
kidnapping, and apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences,
and nothing more.




“The Acting President has also directed the IGP to ensure that all
operatives in the emerging unit conduct their operations in strict
adherence to the rule of law and with due regard to International Human
Rights Law and the constitutionally guaranteed rights of suspects.




“The operatives should also bear proper identification anytime they are on duty.




“In the meantime, the Acting President has directed the National
Human Rights Commission to set up a special panel that will conduct an
investigation of the alleged unlawful activities of SARS in order to
afford members of the general public the opportunity to present their
grievances with a view to ensuring redress.”
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