We want to re­form SARS, curb im­punity – NHRC

Sunday Trust - - NEWS - By Mau­reen Onochie

The in­ten­tion of the on-go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion panel on com­plaints against Spe­cial Anti-Rob­bery Squad (SARS) is to curb im­punity in the dis­charge of their du­ties and re­form their ac­tiv­i­ties, the Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary, Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion (NHRC), Mr Tony Ojukwu, has said.

Speak­ing to jour­nal­ists Fri­day, dur­ing the sit­ting, he said at the end of the panel in­ves­ti­ga­tion, rec­om­men­da­tions will be made to the Pres­i­dency on how SARS will be run and en­sure they carry out their ac­tiv­i­ties with re­spect to hu­man rights.

He said ear­lier in the year, a di­rec­tive was is­sued to law en­force­ment agen­cies to al­ways carry out their du­ties and re­gard the hu­man rights of the cit­i­zens.

“They should know that it is no longer busi­ness as usual. They should also know that they can­not con­tinue to carry out their ac­tiv­i­ties with im­punity,” he said.

Ojukwu said there were com­plaints al­leg­ing that some peo­ple were taken away by SARS of­fi­cials for over one year and have been in­com­mu­ni­cado, hence the panel has in­sisted that SARS of­fi­cials should present the said per­sons be­fore the panel or give ac­count of their present sit­u­a­tion.

He said some­times last year, a sim­i­lar panel was set up to in­ves­ti­gate the ac­tiv­i­ties of SARS in the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory, but the panel which is presently on-go­ing is a na­tional ac­tiv­ity man­dated by the Pres­i­dency to en­sure jus­tice and ac­count­abil­ity in the ac­tiv­i­ties of the of­fi­cers.

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