SARS Reform: NHRC Should Not Have Recommended Dismissal Of Police Officers – Aghanya

Channels Television  
Updated June 5, 2019


A former Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ibezimako Aghanya has said that the special committee on Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Reform, should not have recommended the dismissal of police officers in its report submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The committee constituted by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to investigate allegations of human rights violations and abuse of office against SARS, had on Monday, submitted its report to President Buhari, making certain recommendations.

Some of the key recommendations include the dismissal of 37 police officers for dismissal from the force, as well as the prosecution of 24 police officers.

Other top recommendations include the establishment of State and Local Government Police, significant improvement in the funding, kitting and facilities of the Nigeria Police Force; strengthening the Police Rapid Response Compliant Unit, ensuring the anti-robbery section limits itself to tackling armed robbery.

While Mr. Aghanya agreed with some of the other recommendations, he disagreed with the recommendation to dismiss officers.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, he said the NHRC is not a competition is not a competent jurisdiction to say that a policeman should be dismissed.

He said, “if you dismiss a policeman with such recommendation, he will go to a competent court, he will get good lawyers and will be recalled back”.

Aghanya argued that the Human Rights Commission should have recommended that the officers are disciplined and if found guilty, then dismissal.