SARS cannot detain suspects- Lagos CP, Hakeem Odumosu


The Commissioner for Police in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, has mentioned that authority Special Anti-Robbery Squad in the state to unilaterally detain suspects has been withdrawn. While speaking on Channels TV on the 6th of October, he said that the present directives will be more efficient than the previous ones issued to curtail the excesses of the SARS Operatives. The SARS Operatives will know have to receive permission from his office or from that is the area command before carrying out an investigation.

 “It is going to be different because there will be more monitoring and more supervision.” Odumosu said 

“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 place to make sure that the supervision is effective. So, there is more supervision now and it going to be more effective now.”

This interview was in response to the increased killing and harassment of citizens by the SARS Operatives especially in Lagos.

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