The Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa Command, South-South Nigeria, Mr. Mike Okoli, has warned the operatives of the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (FSARS) to comply with the directives of the Inspector-General of Police.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu restricted the operations of the special squads on Sunday after spontaneous national outcry online.
In a statement signed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Asinmi Butswat, the state police chief stated that the wearing of mufti to police assignments would no longer be tolerated.
He added that Bayelsa Police Command would from now deploy special operatives to monitor activities of police men and women in the state.
“Officers and men must always appear in their police uniforms or approved tactical gears and are not authorised to invade the privacy of citizens, particularly through indiscriminate and unauthorised search of mobile phones, laptops and other smart devices,’’ he said.
He added that any police officer who violated the directive will face a severe consequence as a punishment.