Police Commission to dismiss 37 former SARS officers, prosecute 24 others

Police Commission to dismiss 37 former SARS officers, prosecute 24 others

<p class="">The Police Service Commission (PSC) is set to dismiss 37 former officers of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).</p>

<h1>The Commission is also expected to prosecute 24 other ex-SARS operatives for various acts of professional misconduct.</h1>

<p class="">These were highlighted in the report of the Presidential Panel on Reform of <a href="https://www.pulse.ng/news/local/sars-meet-the-police-unit-with-license-to-kill/534xrs0" id="aae0cf35-cb09-4d56-9dbd-fa7c19b07932">the Special Anti-Robbery Squad</a> set up by the Federal Government in 2018 to reform the police unit.</p>

<p class="">While presenting the report to <strong>Musiliu Smith,</strong> the Chairman of the Commission on Friday, October 16, 2020, <strong>Tony Ojukwu</strong>, the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, called for speedy implementation of the panel recommendations.</p>

<p class="">In a statement by <strong>Ikechukwu Ani</strong>, the commission’s spokesperson, Ojukwu said the PSC chairman has all it takes to deal with the panel’s report.</p>

<p class="">The statement titled, <em>‘PSC to partner Human Rights Commission, promises immediate action on report of presidential panel on reform of SARS,’</em> quoted Ojukwu as saying that the ‘<em>PCS is determined to play a leading role in the reform of the Nigeria Police Force’.</em></p>

<p class="">“<em>Ojukwu said at the end of the public hearing, the panel recommended 37 police officers for dismissal and 24 were recommended for prosecution.</em></p>

<p class=""><em>“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</em>,” the statement said. </p>

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<p class="">Receiving a copy of the report, Smith said the Police Service Commission would collaborate and support the NHRC in the promotion of good governance.</p>

<p class="">Smith maintained that for “the much-maligned SARS” to be effectively reformed, there must be a deliberate effort to select capable, professional and credible people to replace the disbanded police unit, adding that the selected officers must be properly trained.</p>

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