Hakeem Odumosu, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, has said operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) can no longer investigate cases with seeking permission from Area Commanders.
Speaking on Channels Television‘s programme, Sunrise Daily, he revelaed that SARS has also been stopped from detaining suspects in the state.
CP Odumosu disclose that SARS operative have been sensitized on the new directive of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
According to the police boss, the recent directive by the IGP will be more effective than earlier directives issued to curtail the excesses of SARS operatives.
Odumosu said, “It is going to be different because there will be more monitoring and more supervision.
“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 to make sure that the supervision is effective. So, there is more supervision now and it going to be more effective now.”