Police To Sack 37 Ex-SARS Personnels, Convict 24 Others For Misconduct

No fewer than 37 former members of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad have been pencilled down 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 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.

Some 113 complaints on alleged human rights violations were sent in to the panel, alongside 22 memos suggesting how to reform and restructure SARS and the police in general.

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.

Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Tony Ojukwu, called for a speedy implementation of the panel recommendations, as he presented the report to the Police Service Commission.

“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 a statement.

PSC chairman Musiliu Smith, in Abuja on Friday, who received the report, said 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.

“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.”

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