The Federal Government is set to launch an investigation into the activities of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS).
Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, said all victims of FSARS’ excesses will get justice; erring officers will be dealt with.
The police in Lagos released numbers through which complaints against officers can be made.
They are 09057597931 (WhatsApp), 09010512350, 09010512348 and 09090003792.
Press Secretary of the Minister, Osaigbovo Ehisienmen, in a statement in Abuja, quoted the minister as urging the police leadership to strengthen oversight mechanisms.
The minister added that the ministry’s newly inaugurated Servicom Unit has been mandated to work closely with the Police Public Complaint Unit and relevant department of the Police Service Commission to fast-track resolution of all cases of infraction against policemen and bring erring officers to book, to serve as a deterrent to others.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, warned that any policeman caught violating any citizen’s right will be promptly arrested, dismissed and prosecuted.
Addressing police personnel deployed for election security duty in Ondo State, Adamu said he was deeply concerned about the re-surging trend of unprofessional conducts by some police personnel.
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) praised Adamu on his decision to ban men of the FSARS and tactical squads from routine patrol and stop and search duties.
The NGF, in a statement by its Chairman, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, issued through NGF spokesman, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, sought appropriate sanctions against law enforcement officers who have been lawless.
“The IGP’s instructions could not have come at a better time when a majority of Nigerians are unhappy with this cohort of police officers who have routinely engaged in unlawful killings and torture, thereby giving the Force a bad name.
“It is helpful to recall that SARS has been cautioned in the same manner before only for it to go back to its old ways.
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, during a visit to Adamu, expressed concern about the criminalisation of youths by men of the FSARS.
He told the IGP: “The youth of this country are not all criminals. Profiling should stop.”
The Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, said contrary to claims on the social media, nobody died in the incident in Ughelli that sparked an outrage.
Also, the state police command spokesman, Onome Onomewakpoyeya, said the viral video of SARS Operatives purportedly shooting a young man and leaving with his Lexus Jeep was misleading.
He said in a statement: “On 3rd of October, 2020 at about 1600hrs, operatives of Safe Delta Squad in Ughelli, while on patrol along Warri/Ughelli by Wetland Hotel Ughelli, observed a white Lexus Jeep without registration number that suddenly parked by the roadside, which on sighting police patrol team, zoomed off at high speed in a suspicious manner.