In compliance with the Presidential directive that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) be overhauled, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris on Tuesday has renamed the outfit.
The Police chief said SAR will be known as Federal SpecialAnti-Robbery Squad (FSARS).
The IG has also directed that all personnel under the new outfit should undergo medical and psychological evaluation.
As part of the overhaul, the IG also ordered immediate redesign of new uniform with identity name tag for all FSARS personnel throughout the country.
Idris has also appointed a new Commissioner of Police as the overall head of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad nationwide.
This is contained in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday by the Force Spokesman, Ag. DCP Jimoh Moshood.
The police said FSARS will be intelligence driven and be restricted to the prevention and detection of armed robbery, kidnapping and the apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences only.
The statement reads : “The Inspector General of Police in compliance with the Presidential directives has ordered the immediate overhauling of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to address complaints and allegations on human rights violations against some of the personnel of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) from members of the public in some parts of the Country.