The Presidential Panel on Reform of Anti-Robbery Squad, (SARS) in their report, recommended the dismissal of 37 former SARS personnel and prosecution of 24 others.
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 National Human Rights Commission team led by its Executive Secretary, Tony Ojukwu was in the Police Service Commission to formally present the 2018 Report of the Presidential Panel and to solicit the PSC support in the implementation of the aspects of the Report covered by PSC constitutional mandate.
While presenting the report to the chairman of the commission, Musiliu Smith, on Friday, October 16, 2020, Tony Ojukwu, the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, called for speedy implementation of the panel recommendations.
In a statement by Ikechukwu Ani, the commission’s spokesperson, Ojukwu said the PSC chairman has all it takes to deal with the panel’s report.
“PSC to partner Human Rights Commission, promises immediate action on report of presidential panel on reform of SARS,” quoted Ojukwu as saying that the PCS is determined to play a leading role in the reform of the Nigeria Police Force.
“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,” the statement said.
Receiving the delegation, Smith, retired Inspector General of Police, said the PSC will collaborate and support the Human Rights Commission 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.