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Lagos CP bans policemen from wearing mufti, SARS jackets

Valentine Chinyem



The Lagos State Police Commissioner, Mr. Edgal Imohimi, has warned policemen who are of the habit of wearing mufti bearing ‘SARS’ (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) while carrying out official duties in the state command. He said any officer found wanting would be sanctioned.

He issued the warning at the third Stakeholders Security Meeting on Community Policing organised by the Area ‘D’ Command, Mushin, with the theme ‘Policing the community by the community’.

According to him: “Henceforth, no policeman should carry out operational duties in Lagos in mufti without police uniform. The only units allowed to wear jackets with the inscription of his unit on it are Anti-Cultism unit, Anti-Kidnapping unit, RAIDER and Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (FSARS). Every other policeman on operational duties must be in uniform.

“They would only be in mufti only if they are attached to the investigation unit of the command. We don’t want any policeman to cause us any embarrassment anymore. An example was that of the lawyer that was assaulted in Ikoyi recently by policemen who went there in T-shirts as FSARS. They will be reduced in ranks to serve as deterrent to others”.

More so, he added that the two policemen, who assaulted a lawyer last week in the Ikoyi area of the state, would be demoted in ranks, for wearing plain clothes to effect the arrest and for assaulting the legal practitioner.

The police boss also advised parents to watch over their wards, as many youths now engage in cultism as well as abusing drugs, which in turn affect the state. “Cultism and drug intake have taken over our children. That is the greatest challenge that is confronting us in Lagos now.

“People said I am hard on cultists and drug peddlers. But I have to be hard or else, they will take over our children and youths, who are our future leaders. What are we bequeathing on our children? Are we going to leave a community that is taken over by drug and cultism?

“Are we going to leave a community where our girls are prostitutes? It pains my heart whenever I sit down and think on how our young girls, boys and primary school pupils are now taking to drug abuse and cultism. How did we get to this? It goes back to show that we have all failed as parents.”

In addition, he encouraged Lagosians to report any policeman in uniform found drinking beer in a restaurant during work hours.