By KINGSLEY OMONOBI
…DIG FCID takes over federal SARS…CPS take over states SARS
Aftermath of last November 2012 deadly attack by gunmen on the headquarters of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in the FCT, resulting in the death of some Police officers and some of the gunmen, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar has ordered the decentralization of SARS all over the country.
Consequently, the Inspector General has directed the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Force Criminal Investigations Department at Force headquarters, to take over the operations of the Federal SARS (Adeniji Adele) in Lagos .
Also, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad headquarters in the States, are to be taken over by the Commissioners of police in the 36 states of the federation and Abuja . Saturday Vanguard was told that the IG’s directive takes immediate effect.
In addition, it was gathered that the IG directed that henceforth, all operatives of SARS in any part of the country, be they federal SARS or SARS in the states, are to stop putting on plain cloths. They are to revert to wearing their Police uniforms, to avert a situation whereby civilians with ulterior motives can mix freely and pretend to be personnel of SARS as was discovered in the Abuja attack.
Recall that there was a public outcry over the attack by the gunmen at the most secured Police facility in the FCT and the fact that some suspects were freed, resulting in the Police boss instructing the setting up of an investigation team to unravel the immediate and remote cause of the early morning attack.
During an assessment visit to the headquarters of the FCT Command to ascertain things for himself after the attack, the IG had warned that heads will roll over the incident after the investigation report had been submitted to Force headquarters.
Before the new directive of the IGP decentralizing the operations of SARS, the outfit which had some level of independence, was controlled at the federal level, by a Senior Commissioner of Police with office in Adeniji Adele, Lagos while those in the states were controlled by senior Chief Superintendents of Police and in some cases, Assistant Commissioners of Police.
Under the new dispensation, Saturday Vanguard was told that allegations of human rights abuses, illegal detention, and other unlawful actions which the IGP has been preaching against, would be checkmated because he will be directly in tune with what happens in SARS.