Police Brutality: Presidential Panel approves sack of 37 officers

The Presidential Panel on Reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has recommended dismissal of 37 police officers by the Inspector General of Police, IGP.

The 37 officers have allegedly violated human rights and abused SARS office.

This was made known on Friday at a meeting between the Police Service Commission, PSC, and the National Human Rights Commission , NHRC.

Executive Secretary, Tony Ojukwu led the NHRC team to formally present the 2018 Report of the Presidential Panel and to solicit the PSC support in the implementation of the aspects of the Report covered by PSC constitutional mandate.

“We have come to see a PSC determined to play a leading role in the reform of the Nigeria Police Force”, he said.

According to Ojukwu, the reform is the most topical issue in the country today, adding that a lot is expected from the PSC.

He noted that the Presidential Panel called for and received 113 complaints on alleged human rights violations from across the country and 22 memoranda on suggestions on how to reform and restructure SARS and the Nigeria Police in general.

The panel at the end of the meeting recommended 37 Police Officers for dismissal, while 24 were recommended for prosecution.

“The Panel also directed the Inspector General of Police to unravel the identity of 22 officers involved in the violation of the human rights of innocent citizens,” Ojukwu said.

Receiving the delegation, PSC Chairman, Musiliu Smith, retired Inspector General of Police, said the PSC will collaborate and support the Human Rights Commission in the promotion of good governance.

Smith assured that the PSC will speed up action on the implementation of the report of the presidential panel.


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