Monday, 11 December 2017

National News

Senate Investigates SARS Over Alleged Human Rights Abuses

The Senate on Tuesday, December 6, 2017, mandated its Ad Hoc Committee on Security to investigate allegations of human rights abuses against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on the Nigeria Police Force.

The move was sequel to a Point-of-Order raised by Senator Isa Misau (APC-Bauchi) during plenary.

Senator Misau said that under the Police Act and regulation, the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (Force CID) was the highest investigative arm of the Nigerian police.

The lawmaker said findings had shown that the incidents were not isolated as many people had been sharing their experiences on social media, adding that the majority of the Nigerian Police is manned by men and women of great integrity, discipline and commitment.

He urged his colleagues to take a major decision to end SARS to make way for a more civilised unit that would be built around the rule of law and human rights observance.

The motion was seconded by Sen. Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi). In his remarks, the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, said it was appropriate for the matter to be sent to the committee for consideration.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Idris Ibrahim, had on Monday ordered the reorganisation of SARS following allegations of human rights abuses.