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Any police officer that search people's bags, phones, laptops, check bank account balance get dismissed” – IGP Idris warns FSARS


Any police officer that search people's bags, phones, laptops, check bank account balance get dismissed” – IGP Idris warns FSARS





The Inspector General of Police has warned men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, F-SARS to desist from checking the bank accounts details of anyone they interact with while discharging their duties.




While speaking at a workshop on the reformed F-SARS in Owerri, Imo
state, the IG also warned the F-SARS operatives not to invade people’s
phones and laptops unless they have a court order or an instruction from
the commissioner of police in charge of a state police command.




Represented at the event by the Deputy commissioner of police in
charge of the IGP’s X-Squad, Amaechi Elumelu, the police chief also
added that F-SARS operative who handles cases not related to armed
robbery and kidnapping would equally be dismissed from the Nigeria
police force.







“Under the reformed F-SARS, it is illegal to search suspects phones,
computers, or inquire about their bank account details without proper
authorization. Henceforth, the F-SARS Commanders must get directives
from the State Commissioners before invading people’s privacies. Any
officer who disobeys will be dismissed.” he said





The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has told the
operatives of the reformed Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad to desist
from checking citizens’ bank accounts details.





The IG also warned the F-SARS operatives not to invade people’s
phones and laptops unless they have a court order or an instruction from
the commissioner of police in charge of a state police command.





Speaking during a workshop on the reformed F-SARS in Owerri, Imo
state, the IGP warned that any F-SARS operatives who violate the new
rules would be dismissed from the force immediately.





Ibrahim, who was represented by the Deputy commissioner of police
in charge of the IGP’s X-Squad, Amaechi Elumelu, said that any F-SARS
operative who handles cases not related to armed robbery and kidnapping
would equally be dismissed from the Nigeria police force.





He said that under the new era in F-SARS, the operatives must be
professional and respect the rights and privileges of all citizens.





The IGP recalled that in the past, F-SARS was considered the most
elitist and professional Unit of the Police force because of its
conduct.





He regretted that in the last two years, the Unit had been
riddled with allegations of abuse and excesses which made the public to
call for its disbandment.





He said “under the reformed F-SARS, it is illegal to search
suspects phones, computers, or inquire about their bank account details
without proper authorization.”





“Henceforth, the F-SARS Commanders must get directives from the
State Commissioners before invading people’s privacies. Any officer who
disobeys will be dismissed.”





The police boss disclosed that all operatives of F-SARS would
undergo medical evaluation in order to guarantee their mental,
psychological, emotional conditions.





He advised all F-SARS operatives to be computer literate in order
to adapt to the current innovations going on in the department.





The police boss warned the operatives not to detain any suspect for more than 48 hours without a remand order from the court.




He also called for the establishment of a medical department in F-SARS so as to provide medical assistance to sick suspects.




The F-SARS commander in Imo state, Geoffrey Victor, a chief
superintendent of police, said that the Unit under his supervision would
obey and carry out the IGP’s instructions under the reformed F-SARS to
the letter.
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