Inspector-general of police, Ibrahim Idris, in compliance with directives by acting president Yemi Osinbajo, has ordered the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, to under-go psychological evaluation, as part of measures to overhaul the unit, following allegations of human rights abuse.
He also order the constitution of a team that would review SARS operations.
A statement by the police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood says the IGP appointed of a new commissioner of police to head the squad.
In the new arrangement also, the police unit will now be addressed as federal SARS (FSARS) and “will be intelligence driven and restricted to the prevention and detection of armed robbery, kidnapping and the apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences only.”
The statement says, FSARS, formerly under the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department (FCIID) is henceforth to operate under the Department of Operations, Force Headquarters Abuja and that the Commissioner of Police (FSARS) is answerable to the Inspector General of Police through the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Department of Operations.
In December last year, the IGP ordered the re organisation of the police unit but the complaints against the squad persisted.