The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mohammed Adamu on October 4, 2020, banned the personnel of the FSARS and other tactical squads of the force from routine patrols.
Other tactical squads affected by the ban include the Special Tactical Squad, Intelligence Response Team, Anti-Cultism Squad, and other tactical squads operating at the federal, zonal, and command levels were banned from carrying out routine patrols and other conventional low-risk duties notably stop and search duties, checkpoints, mounting of roadblocks, traffic checks among others.
The wording, the seriousness on the face of the IGP and the so called instant action is nothing but amusing.
The action of banning the SARS is long overdue, too many young boys have died in the hands of these criminals but Nigerian law enforcement has kept mute because chances are, SARS won’t be doing what they are doing without the blessings of the highest levels of Nigeria corrupt law enforcement.
SARS has become the Gestapo of Nigeria based on its ruthless disregard for human life and the fundamental civil rights of Nigerian citizens. It is well documented that many members of SARS have been used to carry out murders and are active in many kidnapping rings across the nation.
With the statement made and with the track record of the Nigerian government in public policy, we can expect a “sidon-dey-look” attitude from the Nigerian government when the time comes to back up the words with actions.
Nigeria is a country of smoke screens, the ban of FSARS does not retire the individuals in FSARS, rather they are diverted into the main branches of the police, mind you that these are the same murderers and criminals causing havoc for the average citizen of Nigeria under FSARS banner, all I see that will happen is that Nigeria police will change the mask but it is the same devils that wear it.
This only shows that our leaders lack even foresight in dealing with these issue, their solution to FSARS only reflects this gross incompetence.
We must also be very clear in stating that the entire Nigerian police is infested with corrupt behaviors and needs total reform, and FSARS must be banned completely if some semblance of proper policing is to return to our father’s land, Nigeria.