The new S.A.R.S

December 05, 2017

The Special anti-robbery squad, has been trending in recent times. This is due to the fact that there has been some excesses by the squad on innocent citizens and this has led to the aggravated anger expressed by Nigerians. There have been reports of killings and Ill treatment by the squad on well meaning Nigerians. This has prompted a recent movement on social media calling for the squad to be dissolved under the #EndSarsnow. The movement even pulled weight in the music industry with stars like donjazzy and wizkid, joining the train.

In a statement released by police public relations officer, the Inspector General of Police; Idris Kpotun Ibrahim, made some new adjustments to the structure of the squad and introduced channels for complaints and information about the squad. Some of the changes include:
 The Police Zonal Commands, State Commands and Divisions will continue to operate anti-crime units/sections, crime prevention and control squads and teams imperative to prevent and detect crimes and criminalities in their Area of Responsibilities, and other crack squads necessary to sustain law and order and protection of life and properties in their Area of responsibilities (AOR)
 Federal Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) will now exist and operate in the State and Zonal Commands under the Commissioner of Police (F-SARS) at the Force Headquarters. A Federal SARS Commander of a Rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) and not below Superintendent of Police (SP) will be in charge of FSARS in State and Zonal Commands across the Country. All Commissioners of Police have been directed by the Inspector General of Police to comply with this directive with immediate effect and warn their personnel not to pose as SARS operatives. The IGP X-Squad has been mandated to go round the Commands and Police Formations nationwide to ensure strict compliance and apprehend any erring police officer.
 Furthermore, a new training program to be organized by the Force in collaboration with some Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Local and International NGOs, and other Human Rights Organizations on core Police Duties, Observant of Human Rights and Handling, Care and Custody of Suspects have been directed by the Inspector General of Police for all Federal SARS personnel nationwide with immediate effect.
In light of these new changes, well meaning Nigerians can now contact the authorities through these channels;
 i. IGP X-SQUAD 0902 690 0729 – CALLS 0903 227 8905 – SMS 0903 562 1377 – whatsapp, Email:

ii. FORCE PUBLIC COMPLAINT BUREAU 07056792065 Calls/SMS/whatsapp 08088450152 Calls/SMS/whatsapp Email:, Twitter:

iii. PUBLIC COMPLAINT RAPID RESPONSE UNIT (PCRRU) 08057000001 – Calls Only 08057000002 – Calls Only 08057000003 – SMS & whatsapp only Twitter: @PoliceNG_PCRRU

Source: Daily post

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