President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of state and local government police.
This was contained in the statement by the Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission and Chairman Presidential Panel on SARS Reform, Anthony Ojukwu, on Monday during the submission of the report of the Presidential Panel on the reform of Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, of the Nigeria Police, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Panel according to Ojukwu 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.
He said, “At the end of its public hearing and having listened to complaints as well as defendants and their counsel, the Panel recommended thirty-seven (37) Police ofﬁcers for dismissal from the force. Twenty four (24) were recommended for prosecution.”
The panel also directed the Inspector General of Police to unravel the identity of twenty-two (22) ofﬁcers involved in the violation of the human rights of innocent Citizens. “The police was directed to pay compensation of various sums in forty—ﬁve (45) complaints and tender public apologies in ﬁve (5) complaints and directed to obey court orders in ﬁve (5) matters.
“The Police was directed to immediately arrest and
prosecute two (2) retired senior Police ofﬁcers found to have violated the
rights of citizens (one for extra-judicial killing and the other for illegal
takeover of Property of a suspect). The Panel also recovered two vehicles
illegally auctioned by SARS Ofﬁcers and returned them to their owners.” Some
other key recommendations of the Panel include,” Signiﬁcant improvement in the
funding, kitting and facilities of the Nigeria Police Force; Strengthening
Information and Communication Technology of the Force; Establishment of State
and local government Police.”