- The National Assembly has waded into the agitations by Nigerians against the operatives of SARS
- Among other plans, the Senate mandated its committees on Judiciary and Police Affairs to investigate the allegations against the SARS operatives
- The House of Reps also directed the IGP to immediately put an end to the menace of police brutality in the country
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Amid the ongoing protest against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), the Senate has mandated its committees on Judiciary and Police Affairs to investigate allegations of extrajudicial killings against the operatives.
The Guardian reported that the Senate also resolved that indicted officers must be arrested and prosecuted according to the law.
Legit.ng gathers that the resolution was a sequel to a motion moved by Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC/Lagos Central) at plenary on Wednesday, October 7.
The president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said:
“We want to hear from you (committees) what happened to those that killed innocent Nigerians, including those that happened in the past.”
He said mere dismissal of overzealous and reckless officers was not enough, stating that those involved in the recent killings of innocent Nigerians should be arrested and prosecuted.
The Senate president, however, said scrapping the SARS entirely, as some Nigerians demanded, may not be the best option.
“Scrapping SARS now may not be the best option because the nation may lose the best hands `in the agency while trying to do away with the bad eggs among them.”
The Senate also asked the committees to probe human right abuses by security organisations just as it urged security agencies to open hotlines through which Nigerians could report activities of their agents.
The upper legislative chamber also recommended setting up a bureau that will monitor the conduct of security operatives, arrest and trial of erring ones.
It commended the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu for his swift response, urging him to review the mandate of the tactical squad with a view to permanently restricting its interference on the daily engagements of Nigerians.
Similarly, the House of Representatives has condemned the atrocities committed by some SARS operatives against innocent Nigerians.
Adopting a motion sponsored by the leader of the house, Alhassan Doguwa, the lawmakers directed the IGP to immediately end the menace of police brutality.
The lower legislative chamber also asked the IGP to produce a comprehensive record of disciplinary or judicial action against officers accused of abuse of power in the past five years.
The lawmakers also directed the police chief to produce an immediate plan for identifying and compensating victims.
The Green Chamber also resolved to replace Section 215(5) of the constitution with provisions that ensure judicial review of police actions.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) backed the decision of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to ban SARS and other tactical squads of the force from routine patrols.
A statement on Monday, October 5, by the NGF chairman and Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi, indicates the forum said the ban would end the menace of SARS operatives.
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