Osinbajo hails IGP over ban on FSARS from routine patrol

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo has hailed the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu for banning the routine patrol of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other Tactical Squads of the Nigeria Police Force, while condemned their action on citizens. Speaking to State House reporters at his residence in Abuja on Sunday, Professor Osinbajo described the routine attacks on young people as infuriating, he asked the police to stick to their mandates as he called some of them “bad egg of the force”.

“I am very concerned and in fact sometimes angry about what I see happening to young men and women who are arrested and, in some cases, maimed or killed by men of the police force, in some cases, those who man tactical units of the police force such as SARS and other units”, he said. also commended Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) for speaking up against injustices meted out by some of the security operatives on young Nigerians.

Osinbajo’s remarks came shortly after IGP Adamu warned FSARS and other Tactical Squads of the Force against carrying out stop and search duties, checkpoints, mounting of roadblocks, traffic checks, etc with immediate effect. This statement which was issued by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba early today as the Police boss warned FSARS and other Tactical Squads against the invasion of the privacy of citizens particularly.

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