#EndSARS: Protesters Demand to See IGP at Abuja Police HQ


The #EndSARS protesters on Thursday stormed the Abuja Police Headquarters demanding to see the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu.
Omoyele Sowore, a former presidential candidate and founder of an online news agency, Sahara Reporters, led the protest. The protesters carried placards inscribed with several inscriptions like #EndSarsNow, etc.
With many Police officers preventing them from entering the headquarters, the protesters demanded the presence of IGP Adamu. They also called on President Muhammdu Buhari, urging him to “end SARS now”.
Recall that Adamu had informed Nigerian youths that their voices and complaints on the issues of unprofessional conduct by some SARS operatives have been heard very loudly and clearly. On that note, he banned the personnel of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other Tactical Squads of the Force including the Special Tactical Squad (STS), Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Anti-Cultism Squad, and other Tactical Squads operating at the Federal, Zonal and Command levels, from carrying out routine patrols and other conventional low-risk duties – stop and search duties, checkpoints, mounting of roadblocks, traffic checks, etc, with immediate effect.
The statement read: “No personnel of the Force is authorized to embark on patrols or tactical assignments in mufti. They must always appear in their police uniforms or approved tactical gear. The IGP’s directives come against the backdrop of findings by the leadership of the Force that a few personnel of the Tactical Squads hide under this guise to perpetrate all forms of illegality, contrary to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), Code of Conduct, and Rules of Engagement establishing the squads.
“Specifically, the IGP has warned the Tactical Squads against the invasion of the privacy of citizens particularly through the indiscriminate and unauthorized search of mobile phones, laptops, and other smart devices.
“They are to concentrate and respond only to cases of armed robbery, kidnapping, and other violent crimes when the need arises.” 
Not satisfied with this action by the IGP, protesters have continued to pile pressure at the Police headquarters, Abuja, demanding the termination of SARS. They are as well calling on Buhari and Adamu to end SARS, saying that the ban would not do anything for the people.

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