The Police Service Commission has shortlisted 37 former members of the disbanded anti-robbery team SARS for dismissal.

The Commission is also expected to order the prosecution of 24 other former SARS employees for various professional offenses.

The recommendations were from the Presidential Commission report on the SARS reform which the federal government launched in 2018 to reform the unpopular unit.

The Presidential Commission examined alleged human rights abuses and abuse of office against SARS and recommended reform or restructuring of the unit.

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Tony Ojukwu, the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, presented the report to PSC Chair Musiliu Smith in Abuja on Friday, calling for the panel’s recommendations to be implemented immediately.

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A statement made by PSC spokesperson Ikechukwu Ani said that Ojukwu assessed that the head of the PSC had what it takes to handle the report properly.

Ojukwu said reform was the most pressing issue in the country at the moment, adding that the PSC is very much expected to act.

He noted that the Commission had requested and received 113 complaints of alleged human rights violations across the country and 22 nmemos of proposals to reform and restructure SARS and the police force in Nigeria in general.

The statement stated that at the end of the public hearing, Ojukwu said the commission had recommended 37 police officers to be dismissed and 24 others for prosecution.

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The panel also ordered the Inspector General of Police to find the identities of 22 officers who were involved in human rights violations by innocent citizens.


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