We want to reform SARS, curb impunity – NHRC
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.