Youth minister urges IGP to evince recent ban on SARS

– “Our youths are not all criminals” – Minister
– “Any officer that goes contrary to the law would not go scot-free.” – IGP
– Traders prevent SARS from arresting man in Lagos.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, has urged the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu to evince the recent ban placed on certain operations of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS).

Nigerians have been clamoring for an end to the FSARS, a division of the Nigeria Police Force, for brutality, privacy invasion and indiscriminate killing of Nigerian youths.

In response, the IGP on Sunday issued an order banning the squad from conducting their routine patrol, stop and search, among others.

In his visit to the IGP in his office on Monday, the minister who urged the IGP to strictly effect the recent ban, stated that it will go a long way to stem incessant and indiscriminate attacks, harassments, arrests and killings of Nigeria youths by men attached to the outfit.

The visit was also to solicit for further mutual cooperation between the office of youths and sports and the police force.

Dare, who lauded the IGP and police force for making the bold decision, stated that Nigerian youths are not all criminals, hence the need to protect them and not annihilate them.

He said; “We believe you are committed to professionalism, hence we expect that you will ensure discipline and precision are brought into the operations of the Police. The youth of this country are not all criminals. The profiling should stop. We do not condone criminality.

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“Our youths must be law-abiding and as such should be protected. We also know that not all members of the police Force are bad. The police have a statutory responsibility to protect lives and property.”

Any officer that goes contrary to the law would not go scot-free. – IGP

In his response, IGP Adamu thanked the Minister for the visit, assuring that this was a step in the partnership between the Police and the youth in the face of police harassment.

The IGP said; “SARS activities are regulated since it was decentralised to check their mode of operations. But from what we are seeing, we need to readdress their operations. The Police Act of 2020 has laid out a lot of reforms.

“Any officer that goes contrary to the law would not go scot-free. We have identified some of these unruly officers and have arrested some in Rivers and Delta States who are facing disciplinary action.”

Adamu further said that “we need to partner with the civil society organisations so that the public will know what we are doing. When there are issues, the public should be able to alert us. The public must be patient with us. All the measures must be followed to the letter. The reforms continue,” he assured.

Traders Prevent SARS from Arresting man in Lagos

Meanwhile, recent reports have it that operatives of FSARS were on Monday, prevented from arresting a man at computer village in Lagos.

This comes in less than 24 hours to the order from the IGP, prohibiting the force from conducting operations.

Meanwhile, several reactions had trailed the recent arrest as many viewed the IGP’s order as a mere distraction on the pending issue.

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