- The Nigeria Police Force has been lambasted over extra-judicial killing in Nigeria
- According to the National Human Rights Commission, the police lie about sanctioning officers guilty of extra-judicial killings in most cases
- The human rights group said extra-judicial killings by officers of the SARS is frightening and efforts to get the police accountable for these killings have failed
The southeast coordinator of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Uche Nwokocha, has accused the Nigeria Police Force of covering up for officers found guilty of extra-judicial killings.
Sahara Reporters reports she also decried the high level of impunity that exists within the Nigeria Police Force.
Legit.ng gathered that Nwokocha stated that the police shield erring officers from prosecution and transfer them to another station instead of holding them accountable for their actions and prosecuting them.
Speaking on Tuesday, April 23, at the public tribunal on police corruption, brutality and abuse in southern Nigeria in Owerri, Imo state, Nwokocha also said the zone has been experiencing an increase in extrajudicial activities.
She said: "The extra-judicial killings by officers of the SARS is frightening and efforts by the NHRC and the network of Police Reforms in Nigeria, to get the police accountable for these extra-judicial killings have failed.
“In most cases, the Police will lie that the culprit has been dismissed, when, in fact, they have been transferred."
She also revealed that in the zone, SARS officers are used as debt collectors, as well as for settlements of land and even family disputes, which are simply civil matters.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Nwokocha said brutality and extortion by men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) were most common in the southeast. She added that the officers in the area had now constituted themselves into a terror group.
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