In a move towards implementing the directives of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu amid the immediate ban of officers of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other ‘tactical squads’ of the force from operating on Nigerian roads, the Commissioner of Police, FSARS, Imohimi Edgal has said henceforth, “no personnel of the FSARS will be issued firearms except for guard duties, at the base and for immediate response to violent crimes as they occur.”
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Edgal said that all FSARS teams on routine patrol had been withdrawn in compliance with the IGP’s directive.
He added that “no FSARS personnel would henceforth attend to any violent crimes except he was kitted in his approved jacket to guide members of the public.”
According to the commissioner “only FSARS operatives have the right to wear a jacket with the inscription ‘FSARS’, all other states Special Anti Robbery Squads, (SARS), which are commanded by state commissioners of police, are to wear the inscription SARS without ‘F.’”
Earlier on Sunday, the IGP in a statement released by the force public relations officer, Frank Mba, police officers must always appear in their police uniforms or approved tactical gear.
Adamu says despite being a critical component of the police force, FSARS are now to concentrate and respond only to cases of armed robbery, kidnapping and other violent crimes when the need arises.
The recent move came after Nigerians online called for the abolition of the police unit, SARS using the #EndSARS.
Meanwhile, Nigerians say they need more visible actions because these press statements come year on year with no actions.
Police Extradite Maina From Niger
Police spokesperson, Frank Mba, has confirmed on Thursday that former chairman of the pension reform task team, Abdulrasheed Maina, is now back in Nigeria after his extradition from Niger Republic.
Maina was declared wanted by a court over a 12-count money laundering charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The commission says Maina used his firm to launder two billion naira, some of which he used to acquire properties in Abuja.
In another development, a federal high court in Abuja has given a nod to a request by Maina’s defence counsel, Adeola Adedipe, to withdraw from the case.
Until Thursday, Adedipe represented Maina’s company -common input limited – that is charged as the second defendant in Maina’s money laundering trial.
Nigeria Records 343 New COVID-19 Cases
Nigeria’s coronavirus cases have risen to 68,303 after the Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 343 new cases of COVID-19 in fourteen states with the federal capital territory recording its highest ever figure of 123 cases.
Lagos hosts 106 cases, Kaduna recorded 72, while Nasarawa and Rivers posted 14, and 5, respectively.
Nine other states shared the rest of the cases.
NCDC Confirms 122 New COVID-19 Cases
The Nigerian Center for Disease Control has confirmed one hundred twenty-two new cases of coronavirus in the country on Wednesday, pushing up the nation’s total confirmed cases to sixty-seven thousand nine hundred sixty. Only four thousand one hundred twenty-one patients are still being treated.
Kaduna reported the highest number of cases at thirty-seven, followed by Lagos with twenty-nine. Plateau held twenty-five while Ekiti hosts nine cases.
Rivers, Ogun, Edo, Kwara, Bayelsa, Bauchi and Kano shared the rest of the infections.
NCDC also reports the fatalities now stand at eleven hundred seventy-seven.