The Presidential Panel on Reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has proposed that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) dismisses 37 police officers.
The SARS Operatives were found wanting following an investigation into allegations of human rights violations and abuse of office.
This was revealed on Friday at a meeting between the Police Service Commission (PSC) and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
Tony Ojukwu , the Executive Secretary led the NHRC team to formally present the 2018 Report of the Presidential Panel and to request the PSC support in the implementation of the aspects of the Report covered by PSC constitutional mandate.
“We have come to see a PSC determined to play a leading role in the reform of the Nigeria Police Force”, he said.
He noted that the reform is the most topical issue in the country today, emphasizing that a lot is expected from the PSC.
Ojukwu said the Presidential Panel called for and received 113 complaints on alleged human rights violations from across the country and 22 memoranda on suggestions on how to reform and restructure SARS and the Nigeria Police in general.
The panel recommended 37 Police Officers for dismissal, and 24 were recommended for prosecution at the end of the public hearing.
“The Panel also directed the Inspector General of Police to unravel the identity of 22 officers involved in the violation of the human rights of innocent citizens,” Ojukwu stated.
The PSC Chairman, Musiliu Smith, retired Inspector General of Police, while receiving the delegation said the PSC will support and work with the Human Rights Commission in the advancement of good governance.
He ascertained that the PSC will speed up action on the execution of the report of the presidential panel.