Presidential panel recommends dismissal of 37 ex-SARS operatives, prosecute 24 others for misconduct

Nigeria Police

About 37 ex-members of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have been recommended for dismissal from service.

The Police Service Commission is also expected to order the prosecution of 24 other ex-SARS operatives for various acts of professional misconduct.

These were contained in the highlights of the report of the Presidential Panel on Reform of SARS which was setup in 2018 by the Federal Government.

The panel investigated allegations of human rights violations and abuse of office against SARS and consequently recommended its reform or restructuring.

The Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Tony Ojukwu, who presented the report to Musiliu Smith, the Chairman of the PSC, urged the speedy implementation of the panel recommendations.

Ojukwu futher stated that, “at the end of the public hearing, the panel recommended 37 police officers for dismissal and 24 were recommended for prosecution.”

Confirming the development, the PSC spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, stated that Ojukwu observed that the PSC chairman had the capacity to deal appropriately with the report of the panel.

‘PSC to partner Human Rights Commission, promises immediate action on report of presidential panel on reform of SARS.’

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

The Presidential panel revealed that it received 113 complaints on alleged human rights violations from across the country.

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