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Ini­ti­ate gen­uine po­lice re­form, Amnesty Int’l tells FG

- By Idowu Isamotu Nigeria News · Crime · Society · Discrimination · Politics · Law Enforcement · Human Rights · Law · Nigeria · U.S. government · United Nations · Nigeria Police Force

Amnesty In­ter­na­tional Nige­ria yes­ter­day urged the Fed­eral Govern­ment to en­sure gen­uine re­for­ma­tion of the Nige­ria Po­lice Force in or­der to douse ten­sion in the coun­try.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion, through its spokesman, Isa Sanusi, was re­act­ing to the re­place­ment of the Fed­eral Special An­tiRob­bery Squad with a new unit SWAT an­nounced by the In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice on Tues­day.

Sanusi quoted the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s di­rec­tor, Osai Ojigho, to have said the aims and ob­jec­tives of the new unit might not be achieved if the same per­son­nel were in­jected to it.

The state­ment partly read: “Over the past five years, the Fed­eral Govern­ment has promised to re­form SARS sev­eral times. De­spite these pledges of re­form and ac­count­abil­ity for vi­o­la­tions, Amnesty In­ter­na­tional’s report shows that SARS of­fi­cers con­tinue to com­mit hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions with im­punity.

“Any­one sus­pected to be re­spon­si­ble must be brought to jus­tice in fair tri­als. Law en­force­ment of­fi­cials must com­ply at all times with in­ter­na­tional hu­man rights stan­dards on polic­ing, in par­tic­u­lar the UN Code of Con­duct for Law En­force­ment Of­fi­cials and the UN Ba­sic Prin­ci­ples on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law En­force­ment Of­fi­cials, and in par­tic­u­lar must re­spect, pro­tect and en­sure the rights to life, lib­erty, per­sonal se­cu­rity and phys­i­cal in­tegrity and to free­dom of ex­pres­sion and peace­ful assem­bly.

“We call on the Nige­rian au­thor­i­ties to lis­ten to the de­mands of their peo­ple and promptly, thor­oughly, im­par­tially, ef­fec­tively and trans­par­ently in­ves­ti­gate all cases of hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions by the po­lice, in­clud­ing the un­law­ful killings of the #EndSARS pro­test­ers.”

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