The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim idris has hinted that the ongoing reforms of the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (FSARS) will include deployment of a device – Custody Management Systems, to check abuse by men of the squad especially as it concerns illegal detentions.
The IGP, represented by the Coordinator IG’s X- Squad, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Amaechi Elumelu spoke to journalists, Wednesday in Awka, the Anambra State Capital, during a tour of the State Police Command.
He said that the device, when installed, would be configured to alert relevant offices, once a suspect is detained as well as when the suspect has been detained for more than 48 hours.
The Coordinator said that the police force had fine-tuned several strategies that would help it perform better, devoid of previous complaints by the public. he also issued a stern warning to operatives of FSARS, that any act of misconduct could lead to outright dismissal of the personnel.
“The FSARS has been remodeled to serve the public better and also combate crime. Let me say it clearly that the squad will only deal with robbery and kidnap cases. It will not dabble into land and other civil matters because that is not our scope.
“Training and retraining of personnel will be even more regular. I am not promising that the men would be sent overseas for training, because of the large number of men involved, it would be easier to bring men from outside the country to train them here.
“Besides all these reforms, we are also exploring technology to ensure the efficiency of our men. The Custody management system is one of them, and that device will help us monitor the abuse of detaining people illegally without charging them to court.”
He also hinted at the development of a mobile application that would enable phone users send their complaints directly to the Force Headquarters for quick intervention.
“The era where SARS officials torture suspects even before they are proven guilty is gone. As the coordinator of the IG’s X-Squad, we shall also be going around to monitor their activities.
“I repeat, it is illegal for SARS operatives to stop a vehicle without formal complaint and begin to check people’s phones and laptops – that will not happen again,” he said