former Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mike Okiro has warned against the ban of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the Inspector-General of PoliceMohammed Adamu on Oct.4 banned the personnel of the FSARS and other tactical squads of the force from routine patrols.
Other tactical squads affected by the ban include the Special Tactical Squad, Intelligence Response Team, Anti-Cultism Squad, and other tactical squads operating at the federal, zonal, and command levels were banned from carrying out routine patrols and other conventional low-risk duties notably stop and search duties, checkpoints, mounting of roadblocks, traffic checks among others.
Okiro who gave his stand in an interview with NAN on Thursday in Abuja said that the squad should be rebranded and refocused for best service delivery.
“The police management should go to the drawing board and retrain personnel of the SARS as it will be counter-productive to disband them.
“You cannot throw away the baby with the bathwater if they have deviated from what they were established for they should be retrained and refocused,“he said.
“Armed robbers will be happy that there is no more SARS in the country but are Nigerians ready for that, “he said.
He said that the squad had move from the primary purpose of tackling armed robbery that it was established for.
“Members of the SARS are doing things that are different from their training,“he said.
The former police boss said that it was unfortunate that SARS has now turn into cases of debt recovery and other matters aside from armed robbery.
He called for adequate funding of the force for training and retraining of its personnel and to acquire modern equipment for effective service delivery. (NAN)