Two policemen attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), were spotted in Mufti while on duty yesterday in Owerri, Imo state.
The policemen were almost mistaken for armed robbers considering how they arrived at a street in the metropolis without any proper means of identification.
This happened weeks after police officers were banned from operating in Mufti in Lagos. Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Mr. Edgal Imohimi, warned that
“any policeman who carries out operational duties in mufti will be sanctioned.”
He however, stated that only certain policemen were allowed to wear jackets with the inscriptions of their units on them.
Imohimi said: “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 the Anti Cultism unit, Anti Kidnapping unit, RAIDER; and the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad, FSARS.
“Every other policeman on operational duties must be in uniform. They will 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.”
He also called on Lagosians to join the Command in the fight against unprofessional conduct by policemen by reporting any policeman in uniform found drinking beer in the public, on the designated numbers in the public domain.