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Police IG Warns Special Anti-Robbery Squad on Tortures

Following damning reports by Amnesty International which exposed alleged unprofessional activities of the police in Nigeria, Ibrahim Idris, the inspector-general the police, has warned men of the force, particularly operating at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

While meeting with SARS commanders in Abuja on Thursday, September 22, 2016, a day after the report that embarrassed the police authority was released, Idris warned that such impression must be corrected.

The Inspector-General warned the Special Anti-Robbery Squad operatives against torture and extra-judicial killings, saying no policeman in the world had the right or authority to kill crime suspects. He admonished the SARS personnel to always respect the right of every Nigerian, noting that this was the way they could change the negative public perception about them.

According to the IG, the operatives would be issued new badges and placed under state Commissioners of Police, while those in Abuja and Lagos would be under the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of operations.
He warned against the use of excessive force and reckless use of firearms, which he said could cause public panic.

The Amnesty International had accused the men of the squad of systematically torturing detainees in its custody as a means of extracting confessions and lucrative bribes.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Idris urged the media to request a visit to the various detention facilities and make their report while further stressing that it was illegal for any police personnel to shoot into the air and cause panic in the community. The commissioner of police in charge of the federal SARS, Dibal Yakadi, said his men were ready to operate within the confines of the laws.

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