The Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba Usman has reformed a notorious unit of the Nigeria Police Force, which was disbanded last year after #EndSARS protests, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
SARS was known for brutality, extrajudicial killings, and human rights abuses.
According to edugistblog, the IGP was said to have released new terms and conditions on the operation of SARS officials, where the Police Force also made phone numbers available for citizens to report any form harassment.
According to Baba Usman, SARS has been reformed and the new rules of engagement are stated below:
NO SARS PERSONNEL IS ALLOWED TO INTERFACE IN ANY CIVIL MATTER.
THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO INTERFERE IN CYBERCRIME (YAHOO YAHOO).
NO SARS PERSONNEL IS ALLOWED TO CONDUCT A STOP AND SEARCH EXERCISE UNLESS THERE IS A DISTRESS CALL FROM VICTIMS OR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.
THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE INVOLVED IN COMMERCIAL MATTERS, DEBT RECOVERY, (LANDLORD VS TENANT ISSUES).
THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO INTERFERE IN ANY SOCIAL/RELATIONSHIP CASES (MARITAL MATTERS, BOYFRIEND/GIRLFRIEND RELATIONSHIP).
THEY ARE STRICTLY FOR ARMED ROBBERY AND KIDNAPPING CASES!
Meanwhile , citizens are hereby informed to report cases of harassment by any of its officials to the following office: DIG, Department of Operations:
08037025670, IGP X-SQUAD 0902 690 0729, 08078662130, 08174041000 – CALLS.
0903 227 8905 – SMS.
0903 562 1377 – WhatsApp