The Inspector-General of Police, Muhammad Adamu, has stated that the era of police officers checking people’s phones to know if they are yahoo boys is over.
He said no police unit would profile Nigerians again, as he promised further reforms in the law enforcement agency.
Nigerians are currently protesting in numbers against the flagrant abuse of their human rights by officers of the Nigeria Police Force.
In response, the police have proposed various reforms which include the dissolution of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS or FSARS).
While speaking with newsmen yesterday, Muhammad Adamu said checking phones is not part of the job of any police officer and there will be a total stop to it henceforth.
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He further re-assured Nigerians that the Police Force will stop at nothing to protect the law-abiding citizens.
As calls for a total reform of the Nigeria Police Force continues to mount, the Inspector-General of Police revealed that officers of the now-defunct SARS unit won’t be allowed to join the newly created SWAT unit.
According to a Police memo, SARS former officers are barred from joining the newly-created Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit of the Nigeria Police Force.
One of the criteria for the selection of SWAT officers stipulates that they must not have worked for SARS, and officers to be recruited must also have at least seven years of policing service experience, and must be passed physically fit to withstand training and operation.
They will also undergo medical and psychological fitness to certify them fit medically, emotionally, and psychologically.