The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) will now focus on violent crimes, Inspector-General Ibrahim Idris has said.
The police chief spoke yesterday in Abuja at the last meeting of the year with Commissioners of Police and other senior officers.
He warned police officers to avoid temptation from politicians as the 2019 election draws near.
Commissioner of Police, SARS, Haliru Gwandu, who spoke on the reorganisation in the squad, said:
“Under the reorganisation, the SARS now will be under the supervision of CP Commands.
“The commands will supervise the activities of SARS and the central administration will now be under the FSARS.”
On their area of focus, Gwandu said:
“There are so many things that SARS are asked not to do. For now, they are going to concentrate only on violent crimes, robbery, kidnapping, murder, cultism and other related violence.
“Also, those tactical teams in the commands, zones and divisions, who usually wear the outfit of SARS, will no longer wear it.
“The issue of extrajudicial killings and other crimes will be a thing of the past. They will also be attending local and international training and retraining that will focus on human rights to make SARS friendly to the population.”
Gwandu, promising that the reorganisation would lead to a better SARS, also said the activities of the squad would be reported to members of the public to avoid infractions.