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Nigerian Police Unveil New Uniform for SARS Operatives

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The Nigerian Police on Friday unveiled a new gear for operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

This is to ensure that the operatives have a uniformed attire other than the black T-shirt, which characterised them in the past and was quite easy for persons to impersonate the operatives.

The new uniform, which has unique numbers for the Federal SARS as well as the various state, was introduced in furtherance of efforts by the Inspector General of Police ( IGP ) Solomon Arase to emplace an accountable police.

While unveiling the new kit at the police headquarters in Lagos, the Lagos State Police Commissioner, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, said unlike before, it was quite easy to impersonate SARS operatives but the newly introduced uniform will change all that.

Aside professionalising SARS by splitting it into the Striking and Investigation departments to curb excesses of the operatives, Owoseni said the IGP introduced the set of uniforms so that SARS operatives can be easily identified by the public.

“The IGP came up with the outfits in which the public can easily identify and recognise SARS operatives when in operation. He wants to give them decent identity by taking them out of the practice of just wearing anything, thereby checking impersonation.

“Henceforth, any police person displaying just black t-shirt and claim to be personnel of SARS is not. This uniform will also help check the excesses of illegal policemen. We are improving our policing method to be public friendly,” said Owoseni.