Sequel to the directive of the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris, Officers and men attached to the Federal Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) of the Lagos Police Command were on Monday decked in their official police uniform in compliance with the directive.
The police special operatives, led by the Officer in charge of the Unit CSP Peter Gana, were seen in their large number in the police uniform during a press briefing and parade of criminal suspects by the Police Commissioner Edgal Imohimi at the command headquarter in Ikeja.
Shortly after the parade, our correspondent who visited the unit’s building observed from the gate down to the floors of 3-storey structure that every officer was either in the black and black, black and light blue or in their police camouflage uniforms, except visitors to the unit.
It was also observed that majority of the officers who usually look rough and hard with funny haircut, ear rings and coloured hair have all changed, making them looking presentable and approachable.
At the Office of the O/C of the Unit, he was met with some officers in their uniform attending to different parties with cases.
Further, our correspondent observed that the manner the operatives hitherto attend to visitors has changed, as they seen attending to guests with smiles and courtesy.
It would be recalled that the I-G Ibrahim Idris, on Aug. 24, ordered that all Special Anti-Robbery Squad, now known as FSARS are to henceforth wear Police uniforms during official duty until a special uniform would be approved for them.
The Force Spokesman, Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Jimoh Moshood, disclosed the directive in a statement in Abuja after the meeting with critical stakeholders.
Moshood said that Idris was represented by the Deputy Inspector-General of police in Charge of Operations, Mr Habila Joshak.
He said that the meeting was convened to brief the stakeholders on the progress made so far on SARS reform.
Similarly, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Imohimi Edgal, on 23/08/2018, held a meeting with the personnel at the POWA Secretariat, Oduduwa Street, GRA, Ikeja.
Speaking at the event. Edgal said it was sequel to the recent directive from the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, mni, that FSARS personnel must restrict their role to the handling of violent crimes like armed robbery and kidnapping and that they must dress in police uniform while carrying out their functions and not mufti as was the case.
The lecture , according to him was to ensure adherence and compliance with the directive.
Also at the lecture were men and officers of the Anti-Cultism and Anti Kidnapping units.
Edgal warned the men and officers never to operate in commercial vehicles.
He therefore urged members of the public to alert the police leadership anytime they see people in mufti or inside a commercial vehicle operating or claiming to be FSARS operatives.
The police commissioner said it is no longer acceptable for FSARS personnel to operate in any other type of clothes except the full police uniform.
The CP also to call the attention of residents of Agungi, in the Lekki-Ajah area of Lagos, to be on the lookout for a wine colour bus with registration number EKY 841.
According to him, the vehicle is said to be used by some men parading themselves as FSARS officials, saying that “we have sufficient grounds to believe that they are imposters”.
Meanwhile, in the last four days, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation And Intelligence Department (SCIID), Yaba, and the Deputy Commissioner of Police in Charge of Operations, based on the CP’s instruction, have inspected the FSARS cells.
Those detained for non-violent crimes, have their cases reassigned to other investigation units at the SCIID.
The CP directed that one other person allegedly involved in kidnapping be charged to court immediately.