Nigeria: New IGP Adamu bans FSARS, other anti-robbery squads
London, Jan. 21, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The acting Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate disbandment of the Federal Special Anti-robbery Robbery Squad, FSARS, Special Investigation Panel, SIP, and Special Tactical Squad, STS.
Mr Adamu announced this on Monday at his inaugural conference with Commissioners of Police and other senior officers in Abuja.
Based on the directive, FSARS will henceforth be domiciled under the direct supervision of the commissioners of police in 36 states of the federation.
The police boss said henceforth the SARS unit in the force headquarters, would be under the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID).
He said that the DIG FCIID and CPs would be held liable for any professional misconduct resulting from the operations of the units in their commands.
Adamu also directed them to evaluate the units in their commands and submit a report to his office within two weeks.
The police boss also announced the disbandment of the Special Investigation Panel (SIP) and Special Tactical Squad (STS) and other quasi-investigation and operation units of the force.
He said that the DIG FCIID would take over and review all cases being currently handled by the units.
Adamu said that a comprehensive reorganisation of the Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counterterrorism unit and Special Protection Unit (SPU) would be undertaken.
“This re-positioning process will eventually cascade down to the zonal and state command levels,” he said.
The IG said that the essence of the re-organisation was to restore order and stop the current slide in policing standards.