SARS Banned From Conducting Stop And Search
The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) division of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has been banned from conducting stop and search with immediate effect.
In a series of tweets on Friday, the NPF also said SARS personnel will undergo psychiatric test and training to determine suitability.
They must also operate in official uniform clearly marked for identification.
Earlier in December, there was pressure on the Nigerian Police to scrap the SARS unit following reports of inhuman treatment of Nigerians.
The hashtag #EndSARS trended for some days, with top celebrities and politicians lending their voices to the movement.
“The NPF and its management being a responsible and a responsive institution has monitored various concerns generated.
“The concerns & Counter agitation & painstakingly appropriated this valuable inputs from the Nigeria populace in line our democratic policing.
“The NPF in it proactive demonstration of its sensitives to the yearnings & demands of modern policing has emplaced the underlisted measures.
“To stem the remote concerns generated by perceived inadequacies of the SARS Operatives
“The designation of the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Operations to lead SARS as the Strategic Commander. The appointment of a Commissioner of Police as a field Commander of all activities related to SARS.
“The direct supervision of SARS operation in each state command under the Commissioner of Police in charge of the state via the DCP / ACP ops
“Psychometric test, training and continue assessment of operatives deployed to SARS to determine the suitability
“The sole mandate to prevent, confront and solve cases related to aimed robbery and other violent crimes.
“Prohibition from conducting stop and search on roads unless when necessary.
“Prohibition of SARS Operatives to act as body-body-guards, delving into land matters, personal disputes, debt collection & civil matters.
“Operate in official uniform clearly marked for identification and operations to be conducted in a non-disciplinary, proportionary, fair and accountable manner.
“The NPF operations shall be strictly guided by the human rights principles as enshrined under the UN Charters on human rights.
“The NPF operations shall strictly guided by the human rights principles as enshrined under the UN Charters on human rights."
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