In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 07th, October, 2020

IGP Bans Telephones, Laptops Search By SARS Officers

IGP Bans Phones, Laptops Search By SARS Officers

IGP, Mohammed Adamu

IGP, Mohammed Adamu


Operatives of the Pressure’s Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS) have henceforth been banned from looking the cellphones, laptops and different digital devices of residents, in keeping with the Inspector-Basic of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu.


The enforcement of this ban, the IGP stated, is with rapid impact.


Adamu gave the directive in a letter dated October 5, 2020, titled, ‘Order and directives: Restrictions on the operations of F-SARS, SARS, IRT, STS, state anti-kidnapping items and different particular items underneath any nomenclature that operates in mufti throughout all formation, zones and state instructions.’


He stated, “henceforth the indiscriminate, unauthorised, and degrading search of cellphones, laptops and different sensible digital units of residents by the Particular Items and all Police operatives of various Formations, Zones, Instructions and Items is hereby banned.

“The one exception is that if such an act is in furtherance to a particular case that has been reported and is a topic of felony investigation in particular Formation, Command, Police Station or Unit. During which case, due course of should be adopted by the investigating group”, Adamu added.


The IGP directed that each one current instances of abuses of energy and violation of rights of residents by FSARS, SARS, IRT, STS and different police groups needs to be compiled by the Heads of all Police Formations, Instructions and Items and forwarded to his Workplace not later than Friday ninth October, 2020.

“The returns to incorporate the Dates of the Incident, Venues of the Incidents, the Particular Workforce Concerned, Particulars of the Officers Concerned, Particulars of the Incident, Fatalities/Accidents/ Damages (If Any), Actions Initiated by the Head of the Involved Command, and the Present Standing of the Matter.”


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Adamu directed the CP X-Squad, Pressure Provost Marshall (FPM) and IGP Monitoring Unit to instantly coordinate and deploy joint groups throughout all of the 36 States Instructions and the FCT with a view to implement the Order.

“Any personnel of the Particular Items discovered violating the Order should be arrested and escorted to the Pressure Headquarters for applicable actions”, he warned. “Weekly replace on this operation should be forwarded to the Workplace of the Inspector Basic of Police for overview and applicable directives.”


He stated “all Heads of Departments, Zonal Inspectors Basic of Police, Commissioners of Police, Space Commanders, Divisional Police Officers or Sectional Heads are to strengthen their supervisory management procedures and frameworks in the direction of imposing self-discipline amongst all ranks of their jurisdiction as they stand the chance of being held vicariously responsible for supervisory ineptitude ought to any part of this Order be violated by operatives of the Particular Items of their Formations/Instructions.”


“On this regard, they’re to additionally arrange a Monitoring and Enforcement Groups to provide impact to this Order and Directives as a complement to the Workforce being dispatched from the Pressure Headquarters”, he stated, urging the Pressure Police Public Relations Officer to make sure that the members of the general public are extensively knowledgeable of this improvement.

“As well as, the Pressure Police Public Relations Officer ought to coordinate with the Heads of all Instructions to compile devoted telephone numbers and different real-time social media platforms by means of which residents can furnish complains on any violation of this Order and avail the general public”, Adamu added.

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