The Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Monday disbanded the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS, explaining that action was to, among other things, improve the performance of the police force.
FSARS was constituted by the immediate past Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, following several complaints of anomalies against the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS.
As against the former situation, the Commissioners of Police in the states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory will be in command and control of the SARS units in their commands.
The Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, FCIID, will be in charge of the SARS unit at the Force Headquarters.
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He warned that any question of professional misconduct by the units would be answered by the DIG FCIID and CPs.
The Acting Inspector General of Police who made the announcement on Monday when he met with Command Commissioners of Police and other senior officers of the Force also disbanded the Special Investigation Panel, SIP, Special Tactical Squad, STS, and other quasi-investigation and operation units of the force.
According to him, the DIG FCIID would take over and review all the cases the different units were handling.
He also disclosed that a comprehensive reorganisation of the Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counterterrorism Unit and Special Protection Unit (SPU) would soon take place.
According to him, “This re-positioning process will eventually cascade down to the zonal and state command levels.”
Adamu explained that the motive behind his actions was to improve the standard of the police force in different ways and put a stop to the current proliferation of outfits.
He called on the officers to be more dedicated to their duties and show the highest level of leadership and character.