SARS operatives can no longer detain suspects – Lagos CP

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Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has declared that operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in the state no longer have the authority to unilaterally detain suspects.

Odumosu, who said this on Tuesday morning while featuring on Channels Television‘s Programme, Sunrise Daily, stated he held a sensitisation lecture with the officers of the Force on Monday to sensitise them on the new directive of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

It was earlier reported that there was outrage across the country on Sunday over the harassment, extortion, and extra-judicial killings of innocent Nigerians by SARS operatives.

Speaking on Tuesday, the Lagos Commissioner of Police stated the recent directive by the IGP will be more effective than earlier directives issued to curtail 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 as soon as they finish, they must go back and file entry.

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“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.

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