SARS
IGP, Mohammed Adamu

IGP decentralized SARS, puts state commissioners in control

  • IGP decentralized SARS operation

The acting Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu has decentralized the operation of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) initially centralized by outgoing IGP Ibrahim Idris.

IGP explained that, while plans were being perfected to strengthen the operations and address complaints over the operations of the unit, the unit is now under state commands.

He said the commissioners of police in each of the 36 commands and the FCT are to assume full command and control authority on all SARS in their commands, while the FHQ Unit is subsumed under the command of the DIG FCIID.

  • He also disbanded all quasi-investigation and operations out-fits

He also disbanded all quasi-investigation and operations out-fits including the Special Investigation Panel (SIP) and Special Tactical Squad (STS) and other such teams.

He said, “All quasi-investigation and operations outfits including the Special Investigation Panel (SIP) and Special Tactical Squad (STS) or any other such Teams under whatever name are hereby disbanded.”

He said, “The DIG FCIID is to take over and review all cases that such Teams are currently handling as well as official assets on the charge to them and submit a detailed report to my Office within two weeks.”

“Similar comprehensive reorganization will be undertaken in the investigative, intelligence and special operations arms of the Force comprising of the Police Mobile Force, Counter-terrorism Unit and the Special Protection Unit,” he added.

  • He also set up a Special Election Investigation Team (SEIT)

He also set up a Special Election Investigation Team (SEIT) tasked with the exclusive function of investigating and prosecuting electoral offenders.

He said (SEIT) will be tasked with taking in custody and undertaking a detailed investigation of all arrested electoral offenders across the country.