BYSOLOMON AYADO and AHURAKA ISAH, Abuja
Following the order by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) be immediately reorganised, Senate has commenced probe into the human right abuses allegedly carried out by men of the squad.
This is just as Senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial district, Isah Misau has called for urgent scrapping of SARS to end the display of impunity and atrocities by its operatives.
Consequently, Senate has mandated the ad-hoc committee on security to investigate all the human right abuses committed by men of the SARS.
Yesterday in plenary, Senator Misau moved a motion on the alleged indiscipline and abuse of Human Rights by SARS operatives and noted that rather than protect the citizenry, the men of the special squad have resorted to consistently intimidate and manhandle members of the public. The motion was seconded by Dino Melaye(Kogi West).
The IGP’s order was in response to the social media campaign, urging the disbandment of SARS due to the alleged involvement of some of its officers in illegal activities.
However, Misau yesterday noted that according to the police Act and regulation, the force criminal investigation and intelligence department, force CID is the highest investigative arm of the Nigerian police and for effective and efficient administration, the department is divided into 14 sections for which the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) is one of them.
He said SARs is supposed to be a section in each state command CID with sole responsibility of handling armed robbery cases and answerable to the state commissioner of police.
“We are a civilized society, the majority of the Nigerian police is manned by men and women of great integrity, discipline and commitment. However, this unit is not one of them. It is dangerous for us to have a unit of the police force to act as if it is above the law and empowered to so behave. We must now make a major decision to end SARS until a more civilised unit buit around the rule of law and human right observant is created by the police.
“The Nigerian police has a major obligation to ensure protection of human rights in all the states of the federartion and therefore ought to prevent and investigate corruption, misconduct by law enforcement officers and provide accountability for the excersise of their powers,” Misau stated.
Senate President Bukola Saraki while ruling on the matter said: “it is clear that something wrong is going on and needs urgent attention. We must be seen to be responsive to some of these needs.”
It will be recalled that Misau had recently leveled weighty allegation of unprofessional conduct and fraud, against the Inspector -General of Police , Ibrahim Idris , the Nigerian Police Force , the Police Service Commission and its Chairman , Mike Okiro.
But the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation had on October 10 , 2017 filed a five count charges against Misau and he was arriegned before an Abuja Federal High Court. The offences were said to be contrary to section 393 ( 1 ) of the Penal Code .