Press Release

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has submitted the report of the Presidential Investigation Panel on Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police to the Chairman Police Service Commission, Mr. Musliu Smith for immediate implementation.

The Executive Secretary of NHRC, Tony Ojukwu Esq. while submitting the report, expressed confidence in the ability of the PSC to ensure an effective implementation of the report, saying the PSC is a key partner that will play a leading role in Police reforms in Nigeria.

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The speaker of the House of Representatives Hon Femi Gbajiabiamila said there is an urgent need for stakeholders to collaborate in order to pursue substantive reforms of the Nigeria police force to avoid further damages to the system.

He stated this when he received the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Tony Ojukwu Esq and his delegation in his office for a meeting scheduled to develop a legislation on police reforms.

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---as IGP halts the use of force on protesters, agrees to release detainees

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is to set up an Independent Investigation Panel to look into human rights violations by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad and other segments of the Nigerian Police within the next one week.

The decision was taken on 12th October, 2020 at a Multi-Stakeholders’ Forum (MSF) in Abuja organised by the Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Tony Ojukwu Esq. and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu as a follow-up to the recent disbandment of SARS by the IGP.

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