Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Ahmad Abdurrahman, has directed strict compliance to ban of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) and other tactical squads from routine and conventional low-risk duties.
Abdurrahman gave the order in a statement issued on his behalf by the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, on Tuesday in Enugu.
The Commissioner also directed Officers-in-Charge of the State Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Anti-Cultism Squad and Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Command to henceforth, desist from posting operatives to perform the said banned duties.
According to him, they are to ensure their officers and men focus completely on the performance of the duties for which the Units were established.
He warned that anything in the contrary would be met with severe disciplinary actions.
“I have directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of the State CID, Command Provost Marshal as well as Officers in-charge of the State Intelligence Bureau and X-Squad to henceforth conduct intense covert and overt monitoring operations.
“This is to ensure operatives of the Command directly dealing with members of the public by way of patrols, stop and search, investigation, charge-room duties, etc, comply with the Force’s extant Standard Operating Procedures and/or rules of engagement, including wearing of appropriate uniforms.
“They are also to identify and bring to book any police officer found to be unprofessional, corrupt, high-handed, uncivil and infringes on the fundamental human rights of citizens in the discharge of his/her duties.
“I have also directed all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Heads of Departments to properly supervise and ensure their subordinates maintain the highest level of professionalism, civility and respect for the fundamental human rights of citizens in the performance of their duties.
“As, they, the supervising heads, will be held vicariously liable for any form of dereliction of duty,’’ he said.
Abdurrahman, however, reassured of the Command‘s commitment to upholding fundamental human rights of residents by officers and men of the Command.
He also enjoined the public, especially law-abiding citizens of the state, to continue to keep faith with the police and promptly report any erring police officer on or off duty to the nearest police station.
“Residents should call the Command’s emergency hotlines on: 08032003702, 08086671202, 08075390883 or 08098880172; or send an email to [email protected],’’ the police boss said.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz