Henceforth, there will be no Routine Patrol, conventional Low-Risk Duties, mounting of roadblocks, Traffic Checks and Stop and Search for operatives of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Intelligence Response Team, Special Tactical Squads operating at the federal, zonal and command levels.
The Restriction was handed down by the inspector general of police, igp Adamu Mohammed in the early hours of today.
A statement made available to Urban Express News-online Through the force Public Relation Officer Dcp Frank Mba said no officer of the police is authorized to embark on patrol or tactical assignments in mufti.
The statement put further; that henceforth, officers must always appear in their police uniforms or approved tactical gear, adding that the inspector of General of Police directives came against the backdrop of findings by the leadership of the force that a few personnel of the Tactical Squad hide under this guise to perpetuate all form of illegality, contrary to the standard operating procedure, code of conduct and rules of engagement establishing the squads.
Nigerians on social media have been crying against injustices meted out against citizens, an allegation of corruption, molestation against youths, and until recently, an allegation of killing which went viral on tweeter, where many Nigerians are calling the government of the day to get them scrapped.
Mba said the inspector General of police has equally warned the tactical squad against an invasion of the privacy of citizens particularly through indiscrimination 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.
“The IGP notes that the FSARS and other Police Tactical Squads remain a critical component of the Force in confronting prevailing and emerging violent crimes in the country”.
The FFPRO said the IGP, however, condemns every act of unprofessionalism, abuse of human rights and high-handedness by some personnel of the Squads and therefore ordered the X-Squad and the Monitoring Unit to ensure prompt arrest, investigation and prosecution of all erring police officers who violate these directives and other extant regulations of the Force and to embark on immediate and massive nationwide monitoring of activities of Tactical Squads and other police officers on the road.
“The IGP has equally warned, that henceforth, the Commissioner of Police in charge of FSARS, Commissioners of Police in charge of State Commands and the FCT as well as their supervisory Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police, will be held liable for any misconduct within their Area of Responsibility (AOR), as he charged them to ensure effective supervision and mentoring of the personnel of the Tactical Squads under their jurisdiction”.
Mba said two operatives of the FSARS and their civilian accomplice operating in Lagos State, INSPR Sale James, INSPR Monday Uchiola and Okechukwu Ogbonna, have been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command, for acts of professional misconduct including extortion and intimidation of innocent citizens, and their operational vehicle has also been impounded and disciplinary procedure has already commenced against the defaulters.
The IGP reaffirms his commitment to bequeathing to Nigerians, a reformed Police Force that is accountable, responsible and ever ready to defend and uphold the rights of the citizens while discharging its duties of keeping the people safe and secure, as he enjoins the citizens not to allow the misconduct by a few personnel of the Force to negatively impact on their belief, confidence and trust in the Police.
Meanwhile, vice President Yemi Osinbajo has applauded the inspector General of police, Mohammed Adamu for banning the Routine patrol of federal special Anti-robbery Squad another tactical squad of the police.
The vice president who made this disclosure to state house reporters at his residence in Abuja on Sunday described the routine attack on young people as infuriating.
While condemning the actions of some officers he called bad “eggs of the Force”, the Vice President asked the police to stick to their mandates. He also commended Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) for speaking up against injustices meted out by some security operatives on young Nigerians.