The Senate on Tuesday commanded its Ad Hoc Committee on Security to research assertions of human rights manhandle against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on the Nigeria Police Force.
The move was spin-off of a state of-arrange raised by Isa Misau (APC-Bauchi) amid the whole.
Misau said that under the Police Act and Regulation, the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (Force CID) was the most astounding investigative arm of the Nigerian police. He stated:
“For effective and efficient administration, the department is divided into 14 sections for which the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) is one of them.
The squad is supposed to be a section in each state command, with sole responsibility of handling armed robbery cases and answerable to the commissioner for police.
I have in the last few months received petitions from my constituency, both online and physically, against SARS on violence from extra-judicial killing, brutality, torture, arrest, bribery and other menacing conduct by the men of the unit.”
The administrator included that discoveries had demonstrated that the episodes were not disconnected the same number of individuals had been sharing their encounters via web-based networking media. He stated:
We are a civilised society. The majority of the Nigerian Police is manned by men and women of great integrity, discipline and commitment.
However, this unit is not one of them. It is dangerous for us to have a unit of the police force to act as if it is above the law and empowered to so behave.
He encouraged his associates to take a noteworthy choice to end SARS to clear a path for a more enlightened unit that would be worked around the administer of law and human rights recognition.
“I’m aware that in 2015, the then IG of Police, Solomon Arase, had due to incessant reports of abuses by the force, split SARS into two units with a view to check human rights abuses.
This to be sure was by guaranteeing that officers can’t make capture and explore a similar case.
Misau, in any case, said the misuse had proceeded with independent of that.
He said the Nigeria Police had a noteworthy commitment to guarantee security of human rights in every one of the conditions of the organization.
It therefore ought to prevent and investigate corruption as well as misconduct by law enforcement officers and provide accountability for the exercise of their powers.
I call on this chamber to mandate the ad hoc committee on security to investigate this issue of human rights abuses by SARS and make relevant recommendations.
The movement was backed by Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi).
In his comments, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, said it was proper for the issue to be sent to the advisory group for thought. He stated:
“It is clear that something wrong is going on and needs urgent attention. It is happening in all our constituents, and we must be seen to be responsive to some of these needs.