President Muhammadu Buhari has received the presidential panel on the reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The police unit has come under scrutiny and criticism from Nigerians over its operations, particularly what has been described as extortion and indiscriminate killing of Nigerians.
Legit.ng highlights eight key things the president said when he received the report of the panel.
1. Reforming and repositioning the Nigeria Police Force to be more effective and efficient in safeguarding lives and properties, apprehending offenders and generally improving the internal security of our Nation in line with our laws and international best practices has been one of the major policies of this administration.
2. I have taken major steps by increasing the workforce of the Nigeria Police as well as improving the welfare of Police officers
3. The police must at all times act within the ambit of the law and must not violate the fundamental human rights of Nigerians whom they have sworn to protect
4. Where the rights of Nigerians are violated by police officers while discharging their functions, the government has a responsibility to address the instances of violation
5. This administration decided to set up this presidential panel and directed the National Human Rights Commission to constitute its membership in order to investigate the various public outcries and media reports alleging human rights violations against citizens by officers of SARS.
6. I believe that the report of the panel and recommendations contained therein would go a long way in redressing the grievances of the complainants, ensure accountability on the part of the Police officers in discharging their responsibilities and facilitate the various police reforms being introduced by this administration
7. I want to assure you and all Nigerians that this administration will continue to fulfill its obligations of promoting and protecting human rights of Nigerians
8. We will strengthen the operations of the commission to enhance its effectiveness and capability to resolve cases of human rights violations.
Meanwhile, President Buhari on Monday approved the establishment of state and local government police.
He also approved the dismissal of 37 police officers as recommended by the National Human Rights Commission Presidential Special Panel on SARS Reforms.
This was contained in the statement by the executive secretary, National Human Rights Commission and chairman, presidential panel on SARS Reform, Anthony Ojukwu, during the submission of report of the presidential panel on the reform of SARS, of the Nigeria Police, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
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