The Inspector general of Police, IGP on Sunday, 4th of October banned all FSARS, STS, IRT & other Tactical Police Squads operating at Federal, Zonal & Command levels from carrying out some certain operations.
According to the force public relations officer, DCP Frank Mba through a press conference at force headquarters, Abuja said, all FSARS, STS, IRT & other Tactical Squads operating at Federal, Zonal & Command levels are hereby BANNED from carrying out routine patrols & other conventional low-risk duties – stop & search duties, checkpoints, roadblocks, traffic checks, etc – WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.
Henceforth, no Police personnel is authorized to embark on patrols or tactical assignments in mufti. All Police Force personnel must always appear in their police uniforms or approved tactical gear.
All Tactical Squads must also desist from the invasion of the privacy of citizens particularly through an indiscriminate and unauthorized search of mobile phones, laptops, and other smart devices.
Henceforth, the Commissioner of Police in charge of FSARS, Commissioners of Police in charge of State/FCT Commands as well as their supervisory Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police, will be held liable for any Police officers misconduct within their Area of Responsibility (AOR).
The Police authorities will step up monitoring of all activities of Tactical Squads (FSARS etc) and other police officers, nationwide, and ensure the prompt arrest, investigation, and prosecution of all officers who violate these directives and other Force regulations.
The Police Complaint Response Unit will also continue to be available to receive and investigate complaints against Police Officers, for appropriate action. Citizens are encouraged to make available full details of incidents to the Unit, using any of their contact details, outlined below: