Four Major Recommendations By The Special Panel On SARS

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Updated June 3, 2019

Members of the special committee on Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Reform meet with the President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja today and made some recommendations.

The eight-member panel was constituted by the National Human Rights Commission to investigate allegations of human rights violations and abuse of office against the special anti-robbery squad.

Mr Anthony Ojukwu, secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) led the delegation into the meeting which was held behind closed doors.

Below are four major recommendations made by the panel following its public hearing.

1. The panel recommended that 37 police officers be dismissal from the force.

2. A recommendation was also made for 24 officers to be prosecuted.

3. 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.

4. They also recommended a renaming of the Special anti-robbery squad (SARS) to Anti robbery section (ARS) which was its original name and to make the section operate under the intelligence arm of the police from the divisional, area, state and zonal command up to the Force headquarters level.

The report and recommendations of the panel have since been submitted to President Buhari.