Senate demands prosecution of killer SARS operatives

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, stated this while ruling on the Senate resolution on a motion by Senator Oluremi Tinubu.

Tinubu, in her motion, drew the attention of her colleagues to the recent extra-judicial killings and human rights abuses by SARS operatives.

Lawan said a mere dismissal of overzealous and reckless operatives was not enough but that they must be made to face the full wrath of the law.

He said, “Those who are involved in the recent killings of innocent Nigerians should be arrested and prosecuted.

“Scrapping the SARS now may not be the best option because the nation may lose the best hands in the agency while trying to doing away with the bad eggs among them.

“The dismissal of the bad ones among them is not also enough. Offenders must be arrested and prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others.”

The red chamber also mandated its committee on Police, Judiciary and Human Rights to probe human rights abuses of Nigerians by SARS operatives in the last few years.

The chamber asked the Inspector General of Police to establish a special unit that would constantly investigate and monitor the conduct of SARS operatives.

It also directed the authorities of the Nigerian Police Force to utilize part of its trust fund to train its operatives.

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, at the plenary on Wednesday, spoke on the illegal activities of SARS of the police and the abuse of human rights by its operatives.

According to Gbajabiamila, the police can no longer police themselves.

He, therefore, proposed deletion of the part of the Constitution that protects the police from judicial review.

He said, “Too many of the people we have assigned to protect our citizens have shown themselves unworthy of that calling. Their (SARS) actions betray our trust and wreak unquantifiable damage on the already frayed fabric of our society.

“Unfortunately, many of those who have betrayed our trust in this manner are never answerable for their actions. At the heart of this fundamental failure lies the unavoidable truth that we do not have an independent framework for ensuring that members of the Nigerian Police Force are appropriately held to account when they fail to adhere to the policies and laws that govern their operations.

“Over the next 30 days, the House of Representatives will work with the Nigeria Bar Association, with civil society and with Nigerians of good conscience to draft new legislation that establishes a system of independent accountability.”

We’ll address SARS excesses –PSC

Meanwhile, the Police Service Commission said it would not allow ‘outlaw policemen’ to tarnish the image of the Nigerian Police Force.

The agency, which has the mandate to discipline and promote men of the force, pledged to address the excesses and rights violations by the personnel of both the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squads and other special units attached to the office of the Inspector-General of Police.

The PSC in a statement on Wednesday by its Spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, acknowledged the measures announced by the IG to stem the nefarious activities of the personnel and promised to henceforth, sanction any errant officer.

It, however, blamed the absence of supervision by relevant supervisory authorities for the rot in the force.

In the statement titled, ‘FSARS outcry: PSC to sanction deviants, rolls out contact information for citizens,’ the agency said it would monitor the activities of policemen and mete out sanctions as appropriate.”

Similarly, the Commissioner of Police, Kwara State Command, Mr Kayode Egbetokun, on Wednesday in a statement advised members of the public to report to the Command any SARS operative seen on patrol searching citizen’s phone.

Egbetokun said, “The Command wishes to also refer the good people of Kwara State to the Command’s previously published releases where searching and checking of phones and harassment of innocent citizens by police officers in the Command were banned and the advice to members of the public to report any SARS operative seen on patrol searching citizens phones indiscriminately to the Commissioner of Police through the following numbers 08125275046 and 08032365122, as the officers will be deemed to be performing illegal duty.”

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