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Finally, Lagos CP to overhaul SARS, Anti – kidnapping Units over abuse of human rights

Following years of complaints levied against the operatives attached to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the Lagos State Police Command, the newly appointed State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal is set to overhaul the state crime-fighting machinery.

This is just as the CP inaugurated the committee to reorganize Special Anti-Robbery and Anti-Kidnapping and Cultism Squads.

Recall that over the years, Lagos Mainland residents have complained about the wrongdoings and human right abuses by the officers.

While inaugurating the 11-member committee, CP Edgal disclosed that restructuring the crime-fighting units was vital to achieving his goal of reducing criminality to the barest minimum in Lagos State.

“In line with the directives of the Inspector-General of Police that all police investigating units should be restructured to discharge their duties in line with international best practices and standards of policing.

“I hereby constitute a panel to look into the operations of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the Lagos State Police Command,” he said.

The police commissioner said that the committee would look into the present and past activities of SARS, Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Cultism units and recommend ways to make them more efficient and professional.

He, however, urged the committee to look into all allegations of human rights abuses against officers and men of the units and give recommendations to prevent reoccurrence.

He also requested the body to profile personnel currently posted to the units and determine their suitability to continue in the unit. “The committee is also to make recommendations and suggestions for immediate training of officers and men of the units on principles and tenets of fundamental human rights and rule of law,” he said.

“The recommendations of the committee is aimed at stopping worrisome issues like investigation of civil matters, torture, illegal detentions, safety and custody of exhibits, welfare of suspects and molestation,” the Police chief added.

The newly inaugurated committee includes Oditah Sunday, President, Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria and headed by Mr Samuel Agbebuyi, a retired commissioner of police with a two-weeks mandate to submit its report.

Other members of the committee are; DCP Bolaji Salami of the State CID as well as ACP Abiodun Alamutu and ACP Olatunji Disu of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), CSP Effiong Asuquo, CSP Adebola Ojugbele, CSP Sanusi Mohammed (O/C SARS), CSP Anthony Okosun (O/C Anti-Kidnapping), SP Kehinde Johnson-Oni (O/C Anti-Cultism) and Mr Stanley Imhanruor from Femi Falana Chambers.

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