Monday, 10 September 2018

IG To Dismiss F-SARS Men Who Check Accounts

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has told the reformed Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad to desist from checking citizens' bank account details.

The IG also warned the F-SARS operatives not to invade people's phones and laptops, while there was a court order or an instruction from the Commissioner in charge of a state police command.

Speaking during a workshop in Owerri, the Imo State capital, Idris warned that any F-SARS operative who violated the new rules would be dismissed from the force.

Ibrahim, who was represented by the Deputy Commissioner for Police in charge of the IGPs X-Squad, Amaechi Elumelu, said any F-SARS operative who was not involved in the Force.

He said, "Under the new era in F-SARS, we must be professional and respectful of the rights and privileges of all citizens." In the past, F-SARS was considered as the most elite and professional unit of the police force.

"In the last few years, the unit has been riddled with allegations of abuse and excesses which made the call for its disbandment.

"Under the reformed F-SARS, it is illegal to search suspects' phones, computers, or inquire about their bank account details without proper authorization.

"Henceforth, F-SARS commanders must get directives from the state Commissioners of Police before invading people's privacy." Any officer who disobeys will be dismissed. "

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