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Initiate genuine police reform, Amnesty Int’l tells FG

- By Idowu Isamotu

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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