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Obiano sacks aide, Nwafor, ac­cused of rights abuses while head­ing SARS

- From Ti­tus Eleweke, Awka Nigeria Politics · Nigeria News · Crime · Politics · African Politics · Anambra State · Muhammadu Buhari · Willie Obiano

Gov­er­nor of Anam­bra State, Wil­lie Obiano, has ac­ceded to the de­mands of the state’s youths protest­ing for the pros­e­cu­tion and ter­mi­na­tion of the ap­point­ment of his Se­nior Spe­cial Ad­viser on Se­cu­rity, James Nwafor.

Nwafor was for­merly the com­man­der of SARS in Anam­bra and had sev­er­ally been ac­cused of killing and maim­ing many youths in the state.

The pro­test­ers had on Wed­nes­day blocked the

Anam­bra State gov­ern­ment house and the EnuguOnit­sha ex­press­way, in­sist­ing that Obiano must ad­dress them, but they were not ad­dressed, lead­ing the pro­test­ers to stay at the venue late into the night.

But ad­dress­ing the pro­test­ers on Thurs­day at the gov­ern­ment house, Obiano said he would take their de­mands to Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari, while also ful­fill­ing the ones within his power, which he said in­cluded the sack­ing of Nwafor and in­ves­ti­ga­tion of all the al­le­ga­tions against him.

In another meeting with youths in the state, the gov­er­nor re­vealed that he has set up a broad-based panel to look into re­ports of abuse of hu­man rights by the de­funct SARS in the state over the years.

The panel is em­pow­ered to look specif­i­cally into all al­le­ga­tions against Nwafor, the for­mer SARS com­man­der in the state, the gov­er­nor said.

The panel, which is headed by the Hon Jus­tice V. N, Umeh (re­tired), is ex­pected to com­plete its job within 30 days.

He also com­mended Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari for dis­band­ing SARS in ac­cor­dance with the wishes of Nige­rian youths and also for ac­ced­ing to their four re­quests for a bet­ter po­lice force.

The gov­er­nor also di­rected the Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice to re­view all de­ten­tions in not just the SARS fa­cil­i­ties in the state but also in all po­lice for­ma­tions to en­sure that the free­doms and dig­nity of all ci­ti­zens are up­held at all times.

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