The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has warned operatives of the reformed Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad against over-zealousness, particularly as regard checking citizens’ bank account details and phones.
The IG gave this warning at a workshop in Owerri, the Imo State capital where he also warned the F-SARS operatives not to invade people’s phones and laptops unless there was a court order or an instruction from the Commissioner of Police in charge of a state police command.
Idris, who was represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the IGP’s X-Squad, Amaechi Elumelu, said, “Under the reformed F-SARS, it is illegal to search suspects’ phones, computers, or inquire about their bank account details without proper authorisation.
“Henceforth, F-SARS commanders must get directives from the state Commissioners of Police before invading people’s privacy. Any officer who disobeys will be dismissed.”