Check citizens’ bank account balance, get dismissed immediately – IG warns F-SARS operatives

– The police IG warned F-SARS operatives against checking citizens’ bank accounts details

– He also warned the special police unit not to invade people’s phones and laptops unless they have a court order

– The police boss warned that any F-SARS operatives who violate the new rules would be dismissed from the force immediately

The inspector general of police, Ibrahim Idris, has told the operatives of the reformed Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) to desist from checking citizens’ bank accounts details.

The police chief also warned the F-SARS operatives not to invade people’s phones and laptops unless they have a court order or an instruction from the commissioner of police in charge of a state police command.

The Punch reports that the IGP, speaking during a workshop on the reformed F-SARS in Owerri, Imo state, warned that any F-SARS operatives who violate the new rules would be dismissed from the force immediately.

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NAIJ.com gathers that the police boss, who was represented by the deputy commissioner of police in charge of the IGP’s X-Squad, Amaechi Elumelu, said that any F-SARS operative who handles cases not related to armed robbery and kidnapping would equally be dismissed from the Nigeria police force.

He said that under the new era in F-SARS, the operatives must be professional and respect the rights and privileges of all citizens.

The IGP recalled that in the past, F-SARS was considered the most elitist and professional Unit of the police force because of its conduct.

He regretted that in the last two years, the unit had been riddled with allegations of abuse and excesses which made the public to call for its disbandment.

He said: “Under the reformed F-SARS, it is illegal to search suspects phones, computers, or inquire about their bank account details without proper authorization.”

“Henceforth, the F-SARS Commanders must get directives from the state commissioners before invading people’s privacies. Any officer who disobeys will be dismissed.”

The police boss disclosed that all operatives of F-SARS would undergo medical evaluation in order to guarantee their mental, psychological, emotional conditions.

He advised all F-SARS operatives to be computer literate in order to adapt to the current innovations going on in the department.

The police boss warned the operatives not to detain any suspect for more than 48 hours without a remand order from the court.

He also called for the establishment of a medical department in F-SARS so as to provide medical assistance to sick suspects.

The F-SARS commander in Imo state, Geoffrey Victor, a chief superintendent of police, said that the unit under his supervision would obey and carry out the IGP’s instructions under the reformed F-SARS to the letter.

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NAIJ.com earlier reported that the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) inaugurated a seven-man Special Investigative Panel to look into the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police and make recommendations for its reform.

A statement on Tuesday, September 4, by the commission in Abuja said the investigative panel was inaugurated in line with a presidential directive.

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Updated: September 10, 2018 — 8:34 am

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