New directives concerning use of firearms and jackets have been issued by the police.
The Commissioner of Police, Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS, Imohimi Edgal has began enforcing the new directives of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu concerning activities of SARS.
He said henceforth, “no personnel of the FSARS will be issued firearms except for guard duties, at the base and for immediate response to violent crimes as they occur.”
Edgal further said that all FSARS teams on routine patrol had been withdrawn in compliance with the IGP’s directive.
He further told reporters that “no FSARS personnel would henceforth attend to any violent crimes except he was kitted in his approved jacket to guide members of the public.”
In his word, “only FSARS operatives have the right to wear a jacket with the inscription ‘FSARS’, all other states Special Anti Robbery Squads, (SARS), which are commanded by state commissioners of police, are to wear the inscription SARS without ‘F.’”
“Henceforth, maximum disciplinary penalty awaits such policemen,” he stated.