- About 120 operatives of the SARS, Ikeja, Lagos state police command have applied to be transferred out of the unit
- The operatives are reportedly ordered to desist from wearing FSARS/SARS black uniforms or any other dress earlier approved
- The inspector general of police, Ibrahim Idris, is said to have declared that any officer who flouts the order will be severely sanctioned
Emerging reports claimed that about 120 operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja, Lagos state police command, applied to be transferred out of the unit.
New Telegraph reports that the panic transfer moves came on the heels of a signal received from force headquarters, Abuja, by the inspector general of police, Ibrahim Idris.
The police source disclosed that at least 120 SARS operatives had applied for transfer from the unit, stressing that to remain was really a “killing mission.”
It was learnt that a police wireless message sent to different commands across the nation, revealed that SARS operatives, with immediate effect, “should desist from wearing FSARS/SARS black uniforms or any other dress earlier approved.
“Accordingly, all personnel must wear normal police uniforms, displaying clearly their name tags, force numbers in the case of the rank and files, police identification tags, pending IGP’s determination of their operational dress code.
“The IGP further directs that any officer who flouts this directive will be severely sanctioned, while supervising officers under whom this order is flouted will be held liable. Treat as very important please.”
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To further underscore Idris’s instruction, the Lagos state commissioner of police, Edgal Imohimi, ordered all policemen under his watch to immediately be on police uniform.
This includes operatives of X-squad and monitoring units. Another police source said: “Majority of the SARS men have chosen to leave the SARS’ unit. The application asking to be transferred is called demobbing. It is allowed in police.
These SARS men said it wouldn’t be easy for them to chase after armed robbers and kidnappers while in full police uniform. “It will make them become easy target for these criminals. They called it a killing oneself mission. Nobody wants to die. They have wives and children. If they are killed by armed robbers, nobody cares for their wives or children.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, directed the inspector general of police, Ibrahim Idris, to immediately overhaul the management and activities of the SARS.
The personal assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on new media, Bashir Ahmad, made it known in a tweet on Tuesday, August 14. He said: "Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, orders immediate overhaul of the SARS."
Osinbajo said based on the persistent complaints and reports on the activities of SARS that border on allegations of human rights violations, there should be overhaul of the management and activities of SARS to ensure that any unit that would emerge from the process should be intelligence-driven.
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