Nigeria: Overhaul SARS Immediately, Osinbajo to IGP

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Nigeria: Overhaul SARS Immediately, Osinbajo to IGP

The Nigerian vice President and currently acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has directed the Inspector General of Police to immediately overhaul the management and operations of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). According to the Vice President, this was necessitated by the number of complaints of human rights violations received against the body.

In a statement this afternoon, Prof Osinbajo said “Following persistent complaints and reports on the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) that border on allegations of human rights violations, I have directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to, with immediate effect, overhaul the management and activities of SARS and ensure that any Unit that will emerge from the process, will be intelligence-driven and restricted to the prevention and detection of armed robbery and kidnapping, and apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences, and nothing more.

“I have also directed the IGP to ensure that all operatives in the emerging Unit conduct their operations in strict adherence to the rule of law and with due regard to International Human Rights Law and the constitutionally guaranteed rights of suspects. The operatives should also bear proper identification anytime they are on duty.

“I have also directed the National Human Rights Commission to set up a Special Panel that will conduct an investigation of the alleged unlawful activities of SARS in order to afford members of the general public the opportunity to present their grievances with a view to ensuring redress.

“Together, Nigeria will prevail!”

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