The Presidential Investigation Panel on allegations of human rights violations Monday submitted its report to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN.
The panel also called for the prosecution of 35 police officers indicted in a report of the Presidential Investigation Panel on allegations of human rights violations against the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
While making the call at the handing over ceremony of the report, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) who is championing the cause also equally advocated for implementation of the report.
The Executive Secretary of the commission, Mr Tony Ojukwu stated that the report among other things, contained names of 35 policemen who served under the disbanded SARS.
“The commission expects the AGF to consider their prosecution in accordance with the law.
” The submission of the report to the AGF is a gratifying point to the Commission which went round the six geopolitical zones of the country to listen to various complaints by Nigerians against the then SARS.
” There were discoveries and all were encapsulated in the report” he stated.
Responding, the AGF who formally received the report assured that government will implement the report in such a way that justice will be served to all the parties concerned, saying Justice is not a one-way traffic.
“We have a mandate to establish a constitutional order”, where the welfare and peaceful co-existence of citizens are prioritised against personal or group interest.
” The current administration had in the past put modalities in place to give the Police the support they need to improve their welfare and do their work professionally” he stated.
He added that Police Act 2020 has provided answers to the various problems affecting the Police force, including their operations and welfare as captured in the Police Trust Fund.
The AGF restated further that the federal government had been mindful of the totality of the interest, welfare, security and well-being of all citizens before the current agitations to reform the Police force.
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