Stop going after internet fraudsters – Police IG, Ibrahim Idris warns SARS

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Stop going after internet fraudsters – Police IG, Ibrahim Idris warns SARS: The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, sent out warning to operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) to desist from harassing and going after internet fraudsters, Dailytrust reports.

He said they they are only mandated to curb out armed robbery and kidnapping, warning that any officer caught arresting cybercrime suspects would be sanctioned appropriately. IGP Idris gave out the warning yesterday at the FSARS headquarters at Magbo in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

He was represented by the team leader of South West Monitoring Fact Finding Committee on SARS Reform, DCP Adepojulo Ilori.

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He assured the people of what he called “positively transformed” operatives of FSARS. He said the committee had embarked on the inspection of SARS detention facilities across the southwest states. Part of the committee’s mandate was to decongest the detention facilities and submit a comprehensive report to the IGP.

The committee reviewed the case files of all the suspects in detention and promised to transfer all civil cases to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for further investigation to decongest the detention.

Addressing journalists later, Ilori said:

“we are visiting all the FSARS facilities in all the commands in the Southwest states and ensure that the IGP’s directives are strictly complied with. To achieve this, we are soliciting the usual unflinching support of the media, the civil liberty organization, human rights organizations and the entire members of the public to promptly report their observation to the CP of the state concerned because we cannot achieve this without your cooperation.

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“We are very sure as from now that you are going to see a positively transformed FSARS operative that will now function as per their specific role of nipping robbery, armed robbery and kidnapping activities in the bud. This why we are here.

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“For now, SARS will be operating in our normal uniform until after we might have completed our fact finding mission even the presidency will still have inputs.”

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