On Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari as approved the establishment of state and local government Police Force.
As recommended by the national human rights commission presidential special panel on SARS reform, Buhari granted the dismissal of 37 police officer.
This was disclosed in a statement written by the executive secretary of national human rights commission and chairman presidential panel on some Reform, Anthony Ojukwu during the submission of the report of the presidential panel on the reform of special anti-robbery squad SARS of the Nigerian Police at the presidential Villa Abuja.
According to Mr Ojukwu statement, 113 complaints on alleged human rights violation within the country and 22 memoranda on the suggestion on how to reform and restructuring and the Nigeria police, in general, were received by the panel.
He said, “At the end of its public hearing and having listened to complaints as well as defendants and their counsel, and the panel recommended thirty-seven (37) Police officers for dismissal from the force. Twenty four (24) were recommended for prosecution.
“The panel also directed the Inspector General of Police to unravel the identity of twenty-two (22) ofﬁcers involved in the violation of the human rights of innocent Citizens.
“The Police was directed to pay compensation of various sums in forty-five (45) complaints and tender public apologies in five (5) claims and directed to obey court orders in five (5) matters.
“The Police was directed to immediately arrest and prosecute two (2) retired senior Police ofﬁcers found to have violated the rights of citizens (one for extra-judicial killing and the other for the illegal takeover of Property of a suspect). The panel also recovered two vehicles illegally auctioned by SARS Ofﬁcers and returned them to their owners.”
The panel recommended the ” Significant improvement in the funding, kitting and facilities of the Nigeria Police Force; Strengthening Information and Communication Technology of the Force; Establishment of State and local government Police.”