The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the office of the Inspector General of Police have said they will investigate the alleged violation of human rights perpetrated by operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
This was stated in a communique issued and jointly signed by Mohammed Adamu, the IGP, and Tony Ojukwu, Executive Secretary of NHRC, after the meeting of stakeholders on the implementation of the presidential panel on the reform of SARS.
They resolved to set up the panel in seven days.
The Forum was attended by stakeholders in human rights and law enforcement reforms, including the Nigerian Police Force, Ministry of Police Affairs, Police Service Commission, National Human Rights Commission, leaders and representatives of civil society organisations in Nigeria, activists from the entertainment industry and the #ENDSARS movement, development partners.
The forum resolved to restore public confidence in the police by the unconditional release of protesters as well as stopping the use of force on the protesters .
It also recommended the psychological evaluation, training and retraining of operatives of SARS before deploying them to other units in the police.
It was also stated that “the dissolution of SARS presents an opportunity to embark on comprehensive reforms aimed at repositioning the Nigerian Police Force as a modern, responsive and citizens-centred law enforcement organisation.”
“The Forum further notes that the proposed reforms should be anchored under the basis of the White Paper on the Report of the Presidential Panel on the Reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad which was jointly authored by the National Human Rights Commission, the Federal Ministry of Justice, and the Nigeria Police Force.
“The Forum affirms that reform proposals for the Nigerian Police Force will be based on Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and existing legislations such as the Nigeria Police Act, 2020, the Nigeria Police Trust Fund Act, 2019, the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 the Anti-Torture Act, 2017, and the National Human Rights Commission Act, 2010 amongst others.”