The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu speaking on Tuesday stated that no operative of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad has the authority anymore to detain any suspect.
Adahzionblog has reported earlier on the outrage across the country over the harassment, extortion and extra-judicial killings of innocent Nigerians by SARS operatives.
However, among the Nigerians who have criticized such conduct displayed by the operatives of SARS include; Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege; and the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, amongst others.
The CP said:
“It is going to be different because there will be more monitoring and more supervision.
“The additional directive I gave yesterday (Monday) is that they must not even go to investigate any case without booking their arrival at the Area Commander’s office so that the Area Commander will know that they are in that area doing what they ought to do. And once they finish, they must go back and file entry.
“Secondly, I gave a directive that they must not detain anybody in their cells any longer. They can only detain at my office or at the Area Commander’s office. And the Area Commander must interview any suspect they want to detain and ascertain that the suspect had done what warranted being detained.
“All these are additional measures put in to make sure that the supervision is effective. So, there is more supervision now and it going to be more effective now.”