#ENDSARS: SARS operatives to stop detaining suspects — Lagos CP
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, says operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) no longer have the right to detain any suspect without the legal authority to do so.
CP Odumosu, made this declaration on Tuesday while speaking to presenters of the programme, Sunrise Daily, of Channels Television. The CP said a sensitisation lecture took place the previous day to help officers understand the new directive of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
The past few days have been characterized by a massive public outrage against the mode of operation of operatives of the SARS particularly the extra-judicial killings of innocent Nigerians by SARS operatives.
Some of the prominent persons who have recently spoken against the operations of SARS include the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege; and the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, among other Nigerians.
In his first reaction, Adamu had announced a ban on SARS operative’s involvement in routine patrols, stop-and-search, mounting of roadblocks and traffic checks with immediate effect.
The Lagos State CP has also announced that no operative of SARS has a right to commence investigations into any matter without first lodging the case at the Area Commander’s office to enable the Area Commander to know what they are doing in that area and then give further instructions on steps to be taken on a case. And once they finish, they must go back and file entry.
He also added that operatives can only detain suspects at his office or at the Area Commander’s office and not at any other detention facility that they have been known to use.
“All these are additional measures put in to make sure that the supervision is effective. So, there is more supervision now and it going to be more effective now.”
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