IGP bans FSARS other Police Tactical Squads from routine patrol

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, has banned the personnel of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other Tactical Squads of the Force including the Special Tactical Squad (STS), Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Anti-Cultism Squad and other Tactical Squads operating at the Federal, Zonal and Command levels, from carrying out routine patrols and other conventional low-risk duties – stop and search duties, checkpoints, mounting of roadblocks, traffic checks, etc – with immediate effect.

 

In addition, no personnel of the Force is authorized to embark on patrols or tactical assignments in mufti. They must always appear in their police uniforms or approved tactical gear. The IGP’s directives come against the backdrop of findings by the leadership of the Force that a few personnel of the Tactical Squads hide under these guise to perpetrate all forms of illegality, contrary to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement establishing the squads.

 

These new directives by the Inspector General of Police was conveyed by DCP Frank Mba in a Press Statement Sunday afternoon.

 

According to the statement “Specifically, the IGP has warned the Tactical Squads against the invasion of the privacy of citizens particularly through indiscriminate and unauthorized search of mobile phones, laptops and other smart devices. They are to concentrate and respond only to cases of armed robbery, kidnapping and other violent crimes when the need arises”.

 

“The IGP notes that the FSARS and other Police Tactical Squads remain a critical component of the Force in confronting prevailing and emerging violent crimes in the country. He however condemns every act of unprofessionalism, abuse of human rights and high-handedness by some personnel of the Squads. He has therefore ordered the X-Squad and the Monitoring Unit to embark on immediate and massive nationwide monitoring of activities of Tactical Squads and other police officers on the road. They are to ensure prompt arrest, investigation and prosecution of all erring police officers who violate these directives and other extant regulations of the Force”.

 

The statement further reveals that “The IGP has equally warned, that henceforth, the Commissioner of Police in charge of FSARS, Commissioners of Police in charge of State Commands and the FCT as well as their supervisory Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police, will be held liable for any misconduct within their Area of Responsibility (AOR). He therefore charged them to ensure effective supervision and mentoring of the personnel of the Tactical Squads under their jurisdiction”.

 

Meanwhile, two operatives of the FSARS and their civilian accomplice operating in Lagos State, INSPR Sale James, INSPR Monday Uchiola and Okechukwu Ogbonna, have been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command, for acts of professional misconduct including extortion and intimidation of innocent citizens. The operational vehicle of the men has also been impounded and disciplinary procedure has already commenced against the defaulters”.

 

“The IGP reaffirms his commitment to bequeathing to Nigerians, a reformed Police Force that is accountable, responsible and ever ready to defend and uphold the rights of the citizens while discharging its duties of keeping the people secure. He enjoins the citizens not to allow the misconduct by a few personnel of the Force to negatively impact on their belief, confidence and trust in the Police.

HUGE INVESTMENTS OF DELTA STATE GOVERNMENT ON THE SECURITY SECTOR RECEIVES COMMENDATION

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has been commended for its huge investment in the security sector of Delta State.

This commendation was made by the Executive Secretary, Delta State Security Trust Fund ( DSSTF) Hon. Barr. Sam Osasa when he led the Management of the DSSTF on a Courtesy visit to the Delta Broadcasting Service Asaba to congratulate its new General Manager, Mr Frankwhite Osabohien who was recently appointed by the State government.

Hon. Osasa said Governor Ifeanyi Okowa ‘s interest in ensuring the security of lives and properties of Deltans which has brought about lots of positive changes in the security landscape of Delta state would not have been possible but with the cooperation of stakeholders  like the the Delta Broadcasting Service Asaba who have consistently propagated the State government’s security agenda and activities to d Masses which invariably results in positive responses from Deltans in the security sector.

Hon. Sam Osasa while applauding the dedication of the the DBS Asaba Management in the area of massive collaboration with other government agencies like the DSSTF, sued for even greater synergy to achieve more in that regard.

Responding, the new General Manager of DBS Asaba, Mr Frankwhite Osabohien commended Governor Okowa’s doggedness in the Security sector and promised that the DBS Asaba will continue to focus on rich programme contents on Radio and Television to further project all the state government activities towards achieving the Stronger Delta Agenda.

Mr Osabohien reiterated the DBS Asaba management team’s commitment to partner with the DSSTF and all other Delta state’s government agencies for the a purposeful collaboration for the betterment of all Deltans.

Hon. Osasa while wishing the new General Manager Mr Osabohien a most fulfilling tenure in office,  used the occasion to appreciate the just retired former General Manager of DBS Asaba, Lady Evelyn Benitie on her successful retirement from the civil service and wished her a better life ahead.

HUGE INVESTMENTS OF DELTA STATE GOVERNMENT ON THE SECURITY SECTOR RECEIVES COMMENDATION

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has been commended for its huge investment in the security sector of Delta State.

This commendation was made by the Executive Secretary, Delta State Security Trust Fund ( DSSTF) Hon. Barr. Sam Osasa when he led the Management of the DSSTF on a Courtesy visit to the Delta Broadcasting Service Asaba to congratulate its new General Manager, Mr Frankwhite Osabohien who was recently appointed by the State government.

Hon. Osasa said Governor Ifeanyi Okowa ‘s interest in ensuring the security of lives and properties of Deltans which has brought about lots of positive changes in the security landscape of Delta state would not have been possible but with the cooperation of stakeholders  like the the Delta Broadcasting Service Asaba who have consistently propagated the State government’s security agenda and activities to d Masses which invariably results in positive responses from Deltans in the security sector.

Hon. Sam Osasa while applauding the dedication of the the DBS Asaba Management in the area of massive collaboration with other government agencies like the DSSTF, sued for even greater synergy to achieve more in that regard.

Responding, the new General Manager of DBS Asaba, Mr Frankwhite Osabohien commended Governor Okowa’s doggedness in the Security sector and promised that the DBS Asaba will continue to focus on rich programme contents on Radio and Television to further project all the state government activities towards achieving the Stronger Delta Agenda.

Mr Osabohien reiterated the DBS Asaba management team’s commitment to partner with the DSSTF and all other Delta state’s government agencies for the a purposeful collaboration for the betterment of all Deltans.