The Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, has ordered the Assistant Inspectors-General of Police in charge of zonal commands to arrest, detain and dismiss policemen who violate the rights of the citizens.

This was confirmed in a memo dated October 5, 2020 and titled, ‘Order and directives: Restrictions on the operations of F-SARS, SARS, IRT, STS, state anti-kidnapping units and other special units under any nomenclature that operates in mufti across all formation, zones and state commands’, AIGs and CPs were further directed to charge errant policemen after being indicted in an orderly room trial.

The memo reads in part:

“Any police personnel that, henceforth, abuses his or her powers in a manner that degrades, endangers or threatens the lives and other fundamental rights of the citizens shall be promptly arrested, processed through our internal disciplinary machinery, and if found culpable, shall be dismissed from service.

“In addition, such personnel could be charged in consonance with their level of criminal liability in the instance.

“Any personnel of the special units found violating the order must be arrested and escorted to the Force headquarters for appropriate actions.

“Weekly update on this operation must be forwarded to the office of the Inspector-General of Police for review and appropriate directives.

“The unprofessional activities of some special operatives had continued to drag the Force into acts that pit us against the citizens that we were engaged, paid and statutorily obligated to serve and protect.”