INSPECTOR General of Police is trying to regulate their excesses. There are too many compliants of human abuse and illegal duties being carried out by them. One principal thing you need to understand is that they are tactical outfits, Intelligent Response Teams (IRT).
They are trained not to conduct road blocks which they have been doing. The ban on them is to make them to be focused on their specialised duty which is their primary job.
Their job is to respond to distress calls, robbery attacks, kidnapping matters and other violent crimes. It is illegal for them to open people’s phones. It is only for them to open and screen people’s phones when they arrest armed robbers for necessary information they require.
SARS don’t wear uniform, but wear jackets with inscription written on it that identifies them. They are not meant to do road search work or unnecessary patrols. They are not issued guns except on operation duty, so they are only restricted on their duties, not banned.
( Bosah is a veteran journalist)