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#EndSARS: IGP bans SARS from conducting Stop & Search Operations




The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has banned the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force from conducting stop and search operations on roads except when necessary.

Nigerians on social media, using the #EndSARS hashtag, have been calling for the squad to be scrapped over alleged harassment of innocent citizens.

Following the allegation, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, promised to restructure and reposition the unit for effective service delivery.

Idris also warned members of the group against acting as body-guards, delving into land matters and debt collection that were considered civil.

He further warned that members of the unit must only embark on operations with the permission of the commissioner of police in charge of SARS in the police commands.

“You must operate in official uniform clearly marked for identification.

“I just want to warn you all here that any officer caught engaging in these activities will be dealt with accordingly.

“The Nigeria Police force under my leadership shall operate strictly guided by the human rights principles as enshrined in the United Nations charter on human rights,” he said.

He mandated the Inspector-General of police’s monitoring units and the X-squad and other over sights unit of the force to monitor the activities of the SARS.

The police boss noted that the establishment of the unit was due to activities of the men of the underworld.

He said that as part of measures to check the unit, they would be solely mandated to confront only armed robbery cases and violent crimes in the country,

Idris also said that men deployed to SARS would undergo training, continuous assessment and psychometric test to determine their suitability or otherwise.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. michael

    December 23, 2017 at 2:25 pm


  2. tunmi

    December 23, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    they really should be in the office like Yomi said.

  3. TEE

    December 23, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Can you see the cop out clause! …except when necessary. They can just come up with any excuse to justify their action, as we all know they are good at lying in your face. Humm naija everything they do they must make special allowance for corruption,

  4. Merry Christmas

    December 24, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Define ‘ necessary’ thatsall

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