JUST IN : Police Commission Selects 37 Former SARS Personnels For Dismissal

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The Police Service Commission (PSC) has marked 37 personnels of the disbanded special anti-robbery squad (SARS) for dismissal.

Ikechukwu Ani, the commission  spokesman, who publicized the news on Friday, said a presidential panel put in place regarding the reform of SARS, made the recommendation.

He stated that the panel had among other things probed accusations of human rights infringements and abuse of office against SARS and recommended reform or restructuring of the unit.

Anichukwu also pronounced that Tony Ojukwu, executive secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), submitted the report of the panel to Musiliu Smith, chairman of PSC, on Friday.

“We have come to see a PSC determined to play a leading role in the reform of the Nigeria Police Force”, Ojukwu was quoted to have said.

The NHRC secretary mentioned that the reform is the most topical issue in the country. He asseverated that a lot is expected from the PSC.

Speaking further, he said the panel got 113 complaints on alleged human rights violations from all over the country and 22 memoranda on suggestions on how to reform and restructure SARS and the police in general.

“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,” he said.

Smith affirmed that the PSC will cooperate with and support the human rights commission in the promotion of good governance.

Nonetheless, he explained that for an efficacious reform, there must be a deliberate effort to select capable, professional and credible people to replace the disbanded unit of police.

The picked officers, he added, must be appropriately trainand and then exposed to regular training.

The PSC chairman said there must also be close supervision of the newly picked  officers so that the country will not experience the balderdash that became the fate of the dissolved unit.

Smith also made a case for decent and living accommodation for the policemen, saying they need good accommodation to put in their best.

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