Police Set Up Team To Investigate SARS Operatives

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The move of Nigeria Police Force and the agitations of aggrieved Nigerians to stop the excesses of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) is yielding positive results with the new move of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris who has set up a six-member team to receive and investigate petitions against operatives of (SARS), who have been accused on different occasions of assaulting innocent Nigerians.

A report that the membership of the Public Complaint Response Team on SARS were drawn from civil society groups and private sector.

A source said that those on the team are the IGP X-Squad, IGP Monitoring Unit, Force Public Complaint Bureau, Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit, a non-governmental organisation, the Nigeria Policing Programme led by Professor Olu Ogunsakin and a civil society coalition, EnoughIsEnough.

According to the police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, anyone with complaints of violation of their rights by SARS operatives should report to members of the team for investigation and further actions.

He said the complainants could contact the complaint response team through the IGP X-Squad on 09026900729, 08078662130, 08174041000 (calls), 09032278905 (SMS) and 09035621377 (WhatsApp) and email: integrityxsquad@gmail.com; and the IGP Monitoring Unit via igpmonitoringabj@yahoo.com and 08036242591.

Other contacts include the Force Public Complaint Bureau, 07056792065, 08088450152, calls/SMS/WhatsApp, email: bailisfree@gmail.com, pressforabuja@gmail.com, Twitter: @PoliceNG and www.facebook.com/ngpolice;

PCRRU, 08057000001, 08057000002 (calls), 08057000003 (SMS & WhatsApp) Twitter: @PoliceNG_PCRRU and www.facebook.com/PolicePCRRU;

Nigeria Policing Programme, oluogunsakin@hotmail.com and eienigeria.org.

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