Nigeria’s Police Service Commission (PSC) is expected to dismiss 37 ex-SARS officers as recommended by the Presidential Panel on Reform of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
The panel had investigated allegations of human rights violations and abuse of office against the former SARS officers and, in a report, recommended that at least 37 members of the dreaded police unit should be dismissed from service over illegal activities while the panel recommended 24 others for prosecution.
On Friday, Oct. 16, the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Tony Ojukwu, presented the panel’s report to the PSC Chairman, Musiliu Smith, and urged the commission to implement the recommendations contained in the report speedily.
The Federal Government of Nigeria set up the panel in 2018 to reform SARS after public outcry but nothing significantly changed about the officers’ conduct since then, rather the extra-judicial activities of the officers intensified.
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It is believed that the swift actions being taken now are as a result of the on-going nationwide #EndSARS protests. For days, Nigeria youth have been on the streets demanding an end to police brutality against young citizens that has gone on for many years.