By Emmanuel Adigwe
Hakeem Odumosu, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, has disclosed that operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the state can no longer detain suspects.
The police chief made this known on Tuesday morning when he featured on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, disclosing that he has sensitized officers of the Force on Monday on the new instructions of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
The Lagos Commissioner of Police highlighted that the new narrative of the Police IG will not be the same like the previous ones as this will curb the excesses of SARS operatives.
Odumosu said: “It is going to be different because there will be more monitoring and more supervision.
“The additional directive I gave yesterday (Monday) is that they must not even go to investigate any case without booking their arrival at the Area Commander’s office so that the Area Commander will know that they are in that area doing what they ought to do. And once they finish, they must go back and file entry.
“Secondly, I gave a directive that they must not detain anybody in their cells any longer. They can only detain at my office or at the Area Commander’s office. And the Area Commander must interview any suspect they want to detain and ascertain that the suspect had done what warranted being detained.
“All these are additional measures put in place to make sure that the supervision is effective. So, there is more supervision now and it is going to be more effective now.”
GWG reports that over the weekend there was outcry over the extortion and extra-judicial killings of the operatives.
This development led to the IG, Adamu, banning SARS personnel from engaging in routine patrols, stop-and-search, mounting of roadblocks and traffic checks with immediate effect.