The Inspector General of Police has warned men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, F-SARS to desist from checking the bank accounts details of anyone they interact with while discharging their duties.
While speaking at a workshop on the reformed F-SARS in Owerri, Imo state, the IG also warned the F-SARS operatives not to invade people’s phones and laptops unless they have a court order or an instruction from the commissioner of police in charge of a state police command.Represented at the event by the Deputy commissioner of police in charge of the IGP’s X-Squad, Amaechi Elumelu, the police chief also added that F-SARS operative who handles cases not related to armed robbery and kidnapping would equally be dismissed from the Nigeria police force.
“Under the reformed F-SARS, it is illegal to search suspects phones, computers, or inquire about their bank account details without proper authorization. Henceforth, the F-SARS Commanders must get directives from the State Commissioners before invading people’s privacies. Any officer who disobeys will be dismissed.” he said