- A huge step has been taken towards reform of the police force and policing system
- 37 officers of the controversial and now-disbanded SARS unit may face dismissal from duty
- About 24 officers may also face prosecution over alleged professional misconduct as contained in the recommendation of a presidential panel
Not less than 37 police officers who belong to the now-disbanded controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit will be given a marching order.
This is contained in the report of the special presidential panel set up by the federal government in 2018 on reform of the controversial and dreaded unit, The Punch reports.
Legit.ng gathers that at least 24 officers of the scrapped unit will also face prosecution over various professional misconducts.
Submitting the report of the presidential panel to the police commission, the executive secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Tony Ojukwu, urged the police regulating body to ensure speedy implementation of the findings.
The panel also directed the inspector-general of police, Mohammed Adamu to unravel the identity of 22 officers involved in the violation of the human rights of innocent citizens.
In the report, the panel also submitted that capable, professional and credible people must be selected into the SWAT unit as part of efforts to bring reform into the police force.
Part of the report read:
“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.
“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.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that ten senior officers were dismissed from the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) while nine others were reduced in ranks over alleged misconduct.
The dismissal and rank reduction was approved by the Police Service Commission (PSC) in a statement signed by the PSC head of press and public relations, Ikechukwu Ani.
According to the body, severe punishment was also approved for eight officers for professional misconduct while light reprimand was also approved for ten officers.
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