Ojukwu-led Presidential Panel recommends creation of State Police

Nigeria Police

The Tony Ojukwu led Presidential Panel set up by President Muhammadu Buhari in August 2018 has recommended the creation of State Police and Local Government Police.

The panel submitted its report on Monday, 9 months after it was setup to investigate the activities of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The Presidential Panel on SARS Reform (2018) includes members from the Police Service Commission, Public Complaints Commission, and the Inspector General of Police.

Mr. Ojukwu who presides over the panel is the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission.

According to Ojukwu, the panel received over 100 complaints on human rights violations and 22 memorandums on suggestions on SARS reformation.

“The 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,” Ojukwu said.

There is fear over the creation of state police because of the influence state governors would have over the force in the state.

Nigerian Governors are well known for their emperor leadership style in their respective states.

President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government had repeatedly vehemently opposed the creation of state police, apparently to avoid its abuse by state governors.

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