37 police officers belonging to the now-disbanded controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit will be dismissed from service according to verified media report.
The special presidential panel set up by the federal government in 2018 on reform of the controversial and dreaded unit confirms this. Submitting the report of the presidential panel to the police commission, Tony Ojukwu, the executive secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), urged the police regulating body to ensure speedy implementation of the findings.
The panel as well directed the inspector-general of police, Mohammed Adamu to unravel the identity of 22 officers involved in the violation of the human rights of innocent citizens.
Following the report, the panel also submitted that capable, professional and credible people must be selected into the SWAT unit as part of efforts to bring reform into the police force. Part of the report read:
“There must also be close supervision of the newly selected officers so that the nation will not experience the rot that became the fate of the disbanded unit. “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.”
Earlier, the media reported that 10 senior officers were dismissed from the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) while nine others were reduced in ranks as a result of alleged misconduct.
The Police Service Commission (PSC) approved the rank reduction and dismissal in a statement signed by the PSC head of press and public relations, Ikechukwu Ani.