By our reporter|The police service commission has recommended the dismissal of not less than 37 former members of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad from service.
The commission is also expected to order the prosecution of 24 other ex-SARS operatives for various acts of professional misconduct.
These were the highlights of the Report of the Presidential Panel on Reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad set up by the Federal Government in 2018 to reform the dreaded unit.
The presidential panel had, among other things, investigated allegations of human rights violations and abuse of office against SARS and recommended reform or restructuring of the outfit.
The Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Tony Ojukwu, who presented the report to PSC chairman, Musiliu Smith in Abuja on Friday, called for a speedy implementation of the panel recommendations.
According to a statement by the PSC spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, Ojukwu observed that the PSC chairman has all it takes to deal appropriately with the report of the panel.
The statement read, “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.
“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.
Ojukwu said the reform was the most topical issue in the country today, adding that a lot was expected from the PSC.
He noted that 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 Force in general.
“Ojukwu said at the end of the public hearing, the panel recommended 37 police officers for dismissal and 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.”
Receiving a copy of the report, Smith said the PSC would collaborate and support the NHRC in the promotion of good governance.
He, however, said that for effective reform of “the much-maligned SARS,” there must be a deliberate effort to select capable, professional and credible people to replace the disbanded outfit.
The selected officers, he added, must be properly trained and exposed to regular training.
Smith stated, “There must also be close supervision of the newly selected officers so that the nation will not experience the rot that became the fate of the disbanded unit.”
Any misconduct, he noted, should be severely and promptly handled.